Family of Robert H. Deming and Beverly A. Deming Professorship in Entrepreneurship • Professor • W.W. Reynolds Capital Markets Program Endowed Chair
Finance • Deming Center for Entrepreneurship • Burridge Center for Finance

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J. Chris Leach, Ph.D. is a Professor of Finance and Deming Professor of Entrepreneurship. He has taught undergraduates, MBAs and executives at the Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon, and the Indian School of Business. Leach is the co-author of the best-selling textbook Entrepreneurial Finance, 7th edition, that applies tools and techniques of corporate finance to the entrepreneurial venture.

Educational Background:

  • PhD (Finance), Cornell University, 1988
  • MS, (Management – Economics), Cornell University, 1986
  • MBA., (Finance Concentration), University of New Mexico, 1985 Summa Cum Laude
  • BS, (Computer Science), Oral Roberts University, 1981 Summa Cum Laude

Teaching Interests

  • Corporate and venture financing
  • Derivative securities markets


  • Faculty Associate, Burridge Center for Securities Analysis and Valuation
  • Trefftzs Award for Outstanding Research, Western Finance Association
  • American Association for Individual Investors Doctoral Dissertation
  • Award, AAII and the Financial Management Association
  • Graduate Professor of the Year, University of Colorado
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award, University of Colorado