Lawrence Belcher will come to UIndy in June 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 previously served more than two decades at Stetson University in Florida, where he was professor and chair of finance and directed the George Investments Institute.
He also led seminars on financial markets for top executives at the Walt Disney World Co. Belcher’s specialties include financial market theory, derivative markets and macroeconomic theory and policy.
His range of leadership experience and his philosophy of student-centered learning made him the top candidate after a national search, 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 to this position,” she said. “He has developed and overseen graduate programs, but he 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 degree in economics from Auburn University and a bachelor’s in mathematics with economics from Hanover College.
“We want to raise our visibility in the central Indiana business community and really explore partnership possibilities that will benefit UIndy students as well as the city and state,” he said.
A graduate of Jeffersonville High School in southern Indiana, he and his wife, Susan, live in Yorktown but plan to relocate to Indianapolis area. They have two sons, ages 19 and 21.