New School of Business dean is higher education veteran


Belcher,-LarryThe University of Indianapolis has selected an experienced educator and administrator to be the new dean of its School of Business. Lawrence Belcher comes to UIndy from Taylor University, where he has led the undergraduate business program since 2011 and holds the Arthur L. Hodson Endowed Chair in Business as a professor of finance and economics. He served more than two decades at Stetson University in Florida, where he was professor and chair of finance and directed the George Investments Institute, which included a nationally acclaimed program in which students manage a real stock and bond portfolio worth nearly $3 million. He also led seminars on financial markets for top Disney executives at Walt Disney World Leadership Conferences in Orlando.

Belcher’s specialties include financial market theory, derivative markets, and macroeconomic theory and policy. He has published research in academic journals and has provided commentary to such news outlets as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Chronicle of Higher Education. Among other memberships, he is a board member and president-elect of the Financial Education Association. His range of leadership experience and philosophy of student-centered learning made him the choice after a national search to fill the UIndy post, said Deborah Balogh, the University’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Belcher brings the ideal balance of teaching, scholarship, and administrative acumen,” Balogh said. “He has developed and overseen graduate programs but also understands the value of undergraduate business programs with a strong foundation in the liberal arts.” Belcher holds a doctorate in economics from Indiana University, a master’s in economics from Auburn University, and a bachelor’s in mathematics with economics from Hanover College. He looks forward to engaging with alumni and local business leaders to develop new programs.

The School of Business offers 12 undergraduate majors covering all aspects of business, as well as a master’s degree in accounting and a range of full-time and part-time MBA options.