J. Richard Zecher
J. Richard Zecher became the dean of the College of Business Administration in 1978, succeeding Dean Billy Barnes. He earned his B.A. degree from Ohio State University in 1963 and went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Delaware in 1965 and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1969.
He became an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago from 1968 to 1973 and was a professor at Tulane University from 1973 to 1978. During his time at the University of Chicago, he was also a debt management consultant to the United States Treasury from 1969 to 1972. From 1974 to 1975, he was a senior staff economist on the United States Council of Economic Advisors. He then served as director of economics and policy research for the Securities and Exchange Commission before becoming dean of the College of Business Administration.
After stepping down as dean, he served as the chief economist at Chase Manhattan Bank and in 1986 he was named treasurer and global risk manager. He served as the public director on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (1979-97) and was chairman of its Audit Committee (1988-97).
He is a founder of Investor Analytics, an Internet-based risk management system that supports portfolio managers, and is the head of the Investor Analytics Research Institute, the research arm of Investor Analytics. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of UBS Asset Management Inc. and of its predecessor, Chase Investors Management Corporation.
At present, Zecher is the founder, principal, strategist, and risk manager at P/E Investments LLC.