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Naomi Boyd Ph.D.

Chair, Professor and Fred T. Tattersall Chair

Associate Dean for Outreach, Innovation and Engagement, Dean's Office


Dr. Naomi Boyd is the Fred T. Tattersall Chair of Finance and the Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach, and Engagement at the Chambers College. Dr. Boyd received her Ph.D. in Finance and Quantitative Methods from The George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 2009. Dr. Boyd spent eight years as a Financial Analyst and Consultant to the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington D.C. where she worked for the chief regulator of derivative markets on topics relating to market manipulation, structural shifts in the market, electronification of financial markets, and the role of speculation in liquid and illiquid asset classes. Dr. Boyd's research involves the behavior of traders, the characterization of competitive market making, strategic and tactical asset allocation decisions, the integration of markets and market participants, price discovery, and other issues relating to market microstructure, investments, and personal financial planning.

Dr. Boyd has a strong commitment to building innovative programs that create synergistic relationships between the academic world and industry. Since coming to West Virginia University thirteen years ago she has developed a number of initiatives including the Center for Financial Literacy and Education, which houses many of WVU’s programs in wealth management, banking, and insurance, supports outreach efforts throughout the state of West Virginia, and also creates research opportunities and support for faculty engaged in projects that help to further the mission of the Center. She also created the West Virginia University Student Managed Investment Fund, which operates as an investment management firm, under the auspices of the WV Foundation and provides students with real life experience as analysts and portfolio managers. This was the first such fund of its kind at West Virginia University and was the first step toward bringing the Department of Finance and the Chambers College toward a new level of excellence that is focused on impact and innovation in finance. In proactively fostering the development of industrial partnerships, Dr. Boyd has worked to create avenues for student engagement and a tangible connection to industry that facilitates our outreach capabilities, grows our reputation as an R1 institution, and bridges the academic world into the global marketplace.

Dr. Boyd has served as the Department Chair of Finance at the Chambers College for the past six years where it has been her vision to facilitate the creation of globally recognized undergraduate and graduate business programs through avenues that produce enhanced, sustained academic excellence, increased resources to facilitate the production of high-quality research, and unification of outreach programs to increase our impact throughout the State of West Virginia. In her current role, she hopes to create greater opportunities across the Chamber’s outreach and innovation ecosystem to engage key stakeholders in the growth and development of our programs and mission.


  • Ph.D., Finance, George Washington University
  • M.B.A., Finance, Texas Tech University
  • B.F.A., Dance, The University of Texas at Austin

Honors Awards

  • Semi-finalist for the Market Microstructure Best Paper Award at Financial Management Association 2016 Meetings
  • Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance
  • 2016 Robbins Center International Research Fellowship Recipient
  • 2016 B&E Deans Summer Research Grant Recipient
  • 2015 Beta Alpha Psi Most Influential Finance Professor for Professional Development
  • Highly Commended Paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for Managerial Finance
  • 2015 Dean's Award of Distinction in Service
  • 2015 Department of Finance Research Award
  • 2015 Department of Finance Teaching Award
  • 2015 Department of Finance Service Award
  • 2011 Department of Finance Service Award

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