George Investments Institute Faculty
Christopher K. Ma, Ph.D., CFA
Director, Sarah George Investments Institute
Roland George Chair of Applied Investments
Professor K. C. Ma returned in 2001 to be the Roland George Chair of Applied Investments. He is also now the Director of the Sarah George Investments Institute. Dr. Ma completed his Ph.D. in Finance in 1983 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his rank as a Certified Financial Analyst in 1988. Dr. Ma has an extensive background in academics as well as professional background in financial and quantitative research, portfolio management, investment officer, and hedge fund management. He has an equally impressive list of publications within the fields of economics, investing, finance and accounting, futures markets and portfolio management to name just a few. In 1995, Dr. Ma founded KCM Asset Management Group, Inc. He has been Director of Quantitative Research for Ned Davis Research, Inc. and a hedge fund manager for George Weiss Associates, Inc.
Jennifer Foo, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Dr. Jennifer Foo, a full professor, has been with Stetson University since 1990. Dr. Foo served as Chair of the department during 2011-2013. She earned her master's and doctorate degrees from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her teaching is concentrated in business finance, multinational finance, international business and finance, and seminar on business and culture, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Foo received the Fulbright Senior Specialist award at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland in 2008 and the Fulbright Lecturer Scholar award at Leon Kominsky Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management, Warsaw, Poland in 2004, as well as numerous other awards here at Stetson University and abroad. Dr. Foo was a visiting professor of Finance teaching at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in 2011, at Vilnius University, Lithuania in 2006 and at Beijing Union University, China in 2000 and 1998. Dr. Foo has traveled extensively to different countries presenting papers in international conferences on international banking and financial systems and transitional countries. Her research interests are in the areas of international financial and banking systems, particularly in developing and emerging countries and in transitional financial development.
James Mallett, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Professor James Mallett has been teaching in the Finance Department at Stetson University since 1984. He is also Director of the Summer Innsbruck Program. Dr. Mallett completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Wayne State University in 1981. Since joining the faculty at Stetson University, James Mallett has concentrated his teaching in investments, money and banking, international finance, and personal finance at the undergraduate level, as well as the MBA program and Innsbruck Study Abroad Program. He served as Director of the Roland George Investments Program and George Investments Institute for 18 years. Professor Mallett has written articles on investments, financial planning, the economic environment, and Reaganomics among others. He has served as panelist and discussant at several financial association annual conferences and presented seminars for local investment clubs and civic groups as well as the Stetson community. Professor Mallett has served on the Orange County, Florida Investments Committee and as advisor to Stetson's University Trustees Investments Committee. James Mallett and former Finance Department chair Andy Lerro researched and formed the national Association of Student Managed Investment Programs.
Christopher Tobler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
Professor Chris Tobler joined our faculty in the Finance Department in 2007. He is the Chair of the Finance Department. He holds membership in the Financial Management Association and Southern Finance Association. Dr. Tobler's teaching is concentrated in investments, corporate financial management, advanced financial management and international business finance. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses at the DeLand campus, he also teaches graduate-level courses in the EMBA program at the Celebration campus, the JD/MBA program at the St. Petersburg Law School campus and in our Pharma/MBA joint degree program with the University of Florida. Dr. Tobler regularly teaches in the Summer Study Abroad Program in Innsbruck, Austria. Professor Tobler continues to teach summer school classes at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas, where he works with his co-authors on research projects. His research interests include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, corporate governance and derivative instruments. Dr. Tobler also has an impressive media and journalism background. He has been nominated for the School of Business Teacher of the Year Award, the McEniry Award for Teaching Excellence and at the University of was cited by students as the teacher who most influenced their academic career.