William 'Bill' Megginson
Adjunct Professor of Management
Rainbolt Chair in Finance & Professor of Finance, University of Oklahoma, Price College of Business
Subject Area(s): Finance
Bill Megginson is a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and Professor and Rainbolt Chair in Finance at the University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business. He is also Executive Director of the Privatization Barometer. From 2002 to 2007, he was a voting member of the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance’s Global Advisory Committee on Privatization. During spring 2008, he was the Fulbright Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies and Visiting Professor at the Université-Paris Dauphine. He received the University of Oklahoma’s top research prize, a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship, in April 2010.
Professor Megginson's research interest has focused in recent years on the privatization of state-owned enterprises, especially those privatizations executed through public share offerings. He has published refereed articles in several top academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Foreign Policy. His co-authored study documenting significant performance improvements in recently privatized companies received one of two Smith Breeden Distinguished Paper Awards for outstanding research published in the Journal of Finance during 1994. He is author or co-author of nine textbooks.
Professor Megginson’s research has been frequently cited in academic and professional publications. His articles have been downloaded over 37,000 times from the Social Sciences Research Network, and his books and articles have been cited over 7,700 times (according to Google Scholar). His co-authored privatization survey article, published in the Journal of Economic Literature in 2001, is the eighth most widely cited finance article published since 2000, and the most widely cited article published in 2001. He is associate editor for four academic journals, and has served as a privatization consultant for the New York Stock Exchange, the OECD, the IMF, the World Federation of Exchanges, and the World Bank. He has visited 71 countries during his lifetime, and has lived in Spain, Pakistan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and France, in addition to the United States.
Dr. Megginson has a B.S. degree in chemistry from Mississippi College, an MBA from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in finance from Florida State University. Prior to entering academia in 1986, he worked for five years as a petroleum chemist at the world's largest styrene monomer plant and at the largest independent petroleum refinery in the United States. He has been a Visiting Professor at Duke University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Zurich, the University of Amsterdam, Bocconi University, and Université-Paris Dauphine.
B.A., Louisiana State University, 1982
Ph.D., Florida State University, 1986
Venture Capital/Private Equity