Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Meet the Dean

Stephen P FerrisStephen P. Ferris is the Interim Dean for the Trulaske College of Business. For more than 22 years, Dr. Ferris has served the University of Missouri in varying roles including Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research and previously as Chair of the Department of Finance. Today, he continues his work as the J.H. Rogers Chair of Money, Credit and Banking and as Director of the Financial Research Institute.

As Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research, Dr. Ferris led the successful preparation of the college's MBA students and the next generation of thought leaders as business professors. During his tenure, the college's new execMBA program for executives was successfully launched and today educates an impressive group of industry professionals. Faculty members in the college have continued to publish impactful research in leading academic journals with coverage in the national media from The New York Times to The Economist. Dr. Ferris focuses his research on international corporate finance and corporate governance and continues to teach doctoral students. Recently, he released a series of studies on CEOs which was covered in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and The Economic Times.

Dr. Ferris also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 23 years, and retired with the rank of Commander. His Navy service included a mobilization to Kuwait in 2007 and a tour at the Pentagon, where he was a member of the Joint Staff.

Dr. Ferris earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French from Duquesne University, an MBA and doctorate in finance from the University of Pittsburgh, a diploma with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.