Leading with Excellence

The new School of Business leadership team is not new at all.  Interim Dean Hany Shawky and Associate Dean Ingrid Fisher are relentless powerhouses who have moved the school ahead in every role that was handed to them here at UAlbany over the past 30 years. Their feet are firmly planted in the history of the school as they pilot it into a new and exciting era.

Shawky helped shape the extraordinarily successful Financial Analyst Honors Program, which prepares students for careers at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and elsewhere on Wall Street. It is a finance faculty effort with a tremendous track record that was driven by the quality of students and the tremendous support and confidence of our alums. The program boasts a nearly perfect placement rate over the past three years.

While at the helm of the Department of Accounting and Law, Dr. Fisher created the very popular master’s degree in forensic accounting.  She has been on the front lines in creating and maintaining corporate partnerships. Through her efforts, the Big Four accounting firms are frequent visitors to our fabulous Massry Center for Business building.

Both Shawky and Fisher have worked to build the robust school-to-work pipeline that runs from Albany to New York City and have personally contributed to the stature of the school through forward-looking program development.

Hany Shawky, Research and Purposeful ActionUAlbany President James Stellar calls Shawky, “An accomplished administrator in his own right, a true citizen of the University at Albany.”

Shawky holds dual professorships in finance and economics and has been a regular occupant of the chair of the finance department, his terms totaling 14 years, his last term ending in 2016 when he was named interim dean.

Academic Architect

Shawky established the UAlbany Center for Institutional Investment Management, serving as its founding director from 2002 through 2007. CIIM, an endowed research center, funds research in the field of institutional investment management and supports the University at Albany School of Business Investment Group. The student-run investment fund started with a $100,000 endowment from the University at Albany Foundation. Their portfolio regularly outperforms the S&P 1500.

As associate dean, Shawky led the development of the expanded and enriched MBA program, which had managed a 100% placement rate in three successive years. Cyber security, marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, all areas of strength at the undergraduate level, were added to our existing MBA offerings in information technology management and human resource information systems.

Dr. Shawky was involved in the early stages of the development of the interdisciplinary program in financial market regulation and played a critical role in bringing the program to the School of Business.

Prolific Researcher

Professor Shawky has been ranked in the top 2% of finance faculty worldwide as listed among the “Most Prolific Authors in the Finance Literature: 1959-2008.” He ranked 550 among the 17,601 finance faculty who have published at least one article in the top 26 core finance journals.

Shawky, a specialist in investment management and portfolio performance evaluation, has published more than 60 refereed scholarly articles in finance and economics journals and was the recipient of the School of Business Research Award in 1996, 2001 and 2004.

Lauded as an expert on financial markets, stock market behavior and asset pricing, Shawky has served on many advisory boards and is currently a trustee on the boards of a small-cap equity mutual fund and a mid-cap equity mutual fund.

Ingrid Fisher, Collaboration and AnalysisAs a trained accountant, Dr. Fisher is a natural at collecting and synthesizing data. She not only uses these skills with numbers but with people, obtaining feedback and buy-in before moving ahead. The results have been stunning. Dean Shawky credits Dr. Fisher’s unrelenting dedication and commitment to the school. He said, “Her effective leadership has built a strong accounting program, one of the best in the Northeast. She is helping to advance the school to the next level of excellence.”

Enhancing the Student Experience through Synergistic Partnerships

Her proven track record with the Big Four accounting firms began with the start of her accounting career in the early 80s, at Big Eight firm Coopers & Lybrand, extending to the present and her close relationship with the Big Four. 

Reaching beyond a solid placement rate that exceeds 90% each spring, Fisher has collaborated with the firms to create programs. In response to workplace and student need, she oversaw the creation of a business communications class strictly for accountants and funded by EY.  Fisher worked with EY to implement the LEAD (Leadership Education in Accounting and Diversity) Scholars Program to mentor and support under-represented students. She worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers to create the first funded Living Learning Community for incoming freshman, the World of Accounting.

During her tenure as chair of the Department of Accounting and Law, Dr. Fisher instituted the VITA program, in which graduate students provide tax help to low-income members of the community. She revitalized the Milton C. Olson Ethics Seminar, created by the family of the first dean of the School of Business.

Considerable Commitment

Fisher calls herself, “a true Albany product,” having earned all of her degrees at UAlbany in psychology, accounting and a Ph.D. in information science.

She is the recipient of many awards, most recently the EY Inclusive Excellence Award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Shawky at 2016 commencement. Dr. Fisher at the 2014 Women in Accounting event. From left to right: Tom Ferlenda ’13, ’14, Shannon Lafferty ’16, Dr. Ingrid Fisher ’82 ’02, Andrew Forenza ’13, ’14 and Samantha Katz ’13, ’14.