Professor Profiles: Andrew Metrick, Yale School of Management

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school to attend, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we profile Andrew Metrick from the Yale School of Management.

Twice distinguished with Excellence in Teaching awards during his time at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Yale undergrad alumnus Andrew Metrick (’89) (“Venture Capital & Private Equity”) first joined the Yale School of Management faculty in 2008 as a professor of finance. In 2009 he was named the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Corporate Governance and made faculty director of the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance. Then, in 2010, he became deputy dean for faculty development and the Michael H. Jordan Professor of Finance and Management.

Metrick’s interest in venture capital reportedly began when he volunteered to take over a course in the study area while at Wharton and led to the eventual publication of his textbook Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation (with Ayako Yasuda; Wiley, 2010). His work now focuses on financial stability. In his biography on the Yale SOM Web site, Metrick states, “Watching what happened to Bear [Stearns] in March 2008—seeing how fast a large and powerful financial institution can collapse—had a profound effect on my research interests. Since then, I have been spending much of my time trying to understand financial crises. I don’t expect to finish this project anytime soon.”

Metrick stepped away from the Yale SOM briefly in 2009–2010 to serve as an economist on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, then returned to the school in the fall of 2010. A second-year student told mbaMission, “He’ll once again be teaching a wildly popular PE [private equity] and VC [venture capitalism] course while continuing to lecture and write on corporate governance.”

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