Lance Nail, Ph.D., CFA, is dean and professor of finance at the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business. He was appointed August 15, 2012.
Nail's research interests include mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and insider trading. He has published more than 50 articles or columns and has made more than 100 presentations at numerous events. Additionally, Nail is the immediate past managing editor of the Elsevier journal International Review of Financial Analysis, and he has served as the editor of a book on international corporate governance.
Nail's service to the profession includes serving as a reviewer for dozens of manuscripts at academic journals, and he has served on the program committees for major academic conferences. He served on the board of directors of the Eastern Finance Association and the Southern Finance Association, CFA Society of Alabama, and Risk Management Association of Birmingham. He is currently a member of the CFA Institute and the Financial Executives Institute.
Receiving eight teaching excellence awards at both the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Georgia, Nail was also recognized as a best practices in teaching professor by Thomson Publishing (now Cengage) for his use of technology in teaching finance. Prior to joining Texas Tech, Nail served as dean of the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi and as chair of the Department of Finance, Economics, and Quantitative Methods at UAB.
Nail received his Ph.D. in finance with a minor in economics from the University of Georgia in 1996 and his B.S. in finance with a minor in economics from the University of Alabama in 1989 – graduating first in his class. He spent three years in industry as a mortgage-backed and asset-backed bond consultant for Ernst & Young National Consulting Group from 1989 through 1992.