John McConnell

A Krannert alumnus, John McConnell has been a faculty member in the school’s finance area since 1976 and received the Salgo Noren Award for outstanding graduate teaching in 1993, 1995 and 2011. (Photo by Andrew Hancock)

The Bottom Line

A conversation with finance professor John McConnell

It’s a safe assumption that nearly every master’s student to earn a degree from Krannert over the last three decades knows the name John J. McConnell.

Purdue’s Emanuel T. Weiler Distinguished Professor of Management, McConnell earned his PhD from Krannert in 1974 and has been a faculty member in the school’s finance area since 1976. Among his numerous and most recent teaching honors is the 2011 Salgo Noren Award, which he also received in 1993 and 1995.

In addition, McConnell has published more than 75 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, making him one of the most prolific authors in the field of finance. In a study of more than 17,500 authors and 29,700 articles over the last half-century, he ranked third for total publications and fourth for publications by year.

He also has served as a consultant to investment banks, government agencies and more than 50 law firms on various aspects of financial markets and securities, including stock and bond prices, corporate valuation, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives, mortgage-backed securities, sub-prime lending, money management and bank lending and investment practices.

In a recent interview with Krannert Magazine, McConnell reflected on his distinguished career with characteristic candor, making it clear that he’s only getting better with age.

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