Biography: Ken B. Cyree
Dean of the School of Business Administration
Dr. Ken Cyree is Dean of the School of Business, Frank R. Day/Mississippi Bankers Association Chair of Banking, and Professor of Finance at the University of Mississippi. Ken received his doctorate and MBA from the University of Tennessee. He is the Director of the Mississippi School of Banking and a faculty member at the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Ken worked in industry as a Credit Manager in the textile industry for many years before entering academia.
As Dean of the School of Business since January 2008, Dr. Cyree has focused his efforts on fundraising for faculty support. Several proposals have been made to prospective donors for faculty chairs, with a pledge for a $1 million donation for faculty support received in June, 2011. The vision and strategic direction for the school are to focus on high-quality scholarship as evidenced by publishing in highly-ranked journals, as well as high-quality, relevant, and rigorous teaching. External verification of this strategy was received as the school of business became a Top-100 ranked Business School as ranked by US News. Dr. Cyree was also instrumental in changing the Masters of Business Administration to a “flexible entry” program where students can enter part- or full-time, thereby increasing the number and quality of entering MBA students.
His research interests are in banking, financial markets, interest rates, and market microstructure. He has papers published in the Journal of Business, Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and the Journal of Financial Services Research, and the Financial Review and several other academic journals. He has served on the nominating committee, was Vice President for the Program, and President of the Southern Finance Association. He has also served on the nominating committee for the Eastern Finance Association. In addition, Ken is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Research. Dr. Cyree was also awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2007 at the University of Mississippi. Ken and his wife Lori reside in Oxford and they have an adult son living in Chapel Hill, NC.