Endowed Chairs, Professorships and Fellowships
The Patricia A. and George W. Wellde, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Finance was established in 2001 by University alumnus George W. Wellde, Jr. and his wife, Patricia A. Wellde, to attract internationally recognized faculty in the field of finance to the Robins School of Business.
Mr. Wellde graduated from the University of Richmond in 1974 with a B.S.B.A. in finance, and earned an M.B.A. from George Washington University in 1976. He has served as a University of Richmond trustee since July 2000 and as Rector since 2006. He has been recognized for his service and dedication to his field, the community and the University by being initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa in 2008 and awarded the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2001.
In early 2008, Mr. Wellde retired as partner and vice chairman of the Securities Division at Goldman, Sachs & Company. He joined Goldman's Fixed Income Department in 1979, was named partner in 1992, and became branch manager of the Tokyo office from 1994-1999. After his return to New York, he managed several trading business units and subsequently became head of North American sales. Prior to Goldman Sachs, George worked in Washington, D.C. for the Federal Reserve Board. He is a member of George Washington University's Investment Committee and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the board of the GAVI Alliance.
The Welldes have shown their steadfast support of the University of Richmond through their generosity in establishing the Wellde Scholarship for International Students and supporting the Science Initiative and athletics.
Dr. Raymond P. H. (Pat) Fishe, professor of finance, was appointed the initial holder of The Distinguished Chair in Finance upon joining the University in 2003. He earned his B.S.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida. Professor Fishe has been recognized for his strong teaching skills at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and is an experienced contributor to non-credit executive education programs. He has an impressive record of research publishing in some of the best journals in the field of finance. Dr. Fishe has been researching market microstructures for nearly two decades.