George Kester Mamie Fox Twyman Fox Martel Professor of Finance

George Kester

Huntley 302A
Curriculum Vitae

George Kester joined W&L's faculty in 2000. He previously held the William H. Dunkak Endowed Chair in Finance at Bucknell University and was on the faculty of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

During the summer months, he teaches in Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, National University of Ireland Galway, University of the South Pacific, University of Malaya, and National University of Singapore.

His business experience includes president of Financial Analysis Systems, Inc., a computer software and consulting company. He has also been a marketing representative with The Service Bureau Company and held various positions in management accounting, credit analysis and commercial lending with First Union National Bank.

He has led numerous executive seminars and management development programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. He is a member of the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending and has led programs for the Jakarta Stock Exchange, Singapore Institute of Management, UniCredit Bank, Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Singapore Airlines, Monash South Africa, University of Ljubljana Centre for Management Development and Training, and other organizations.

A recipient of teaching and conference paper awards, he was honored in 2018 by the Financial Education Association with the Inaugural Jean L. Heck Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Financial Education.


D.B.A., Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
B.B.A., Wake Forest University


Applied Corporate Finance
Financial Education


Managerial Finance
Cases in Corporate Finance
Corporate Mergers, Leveraged Buyouts & Divestitures