Department of Finance
Pamplin College of Business
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office: Pamplin 1027
Phone: 540-231-8647
Fax: 540-231-3155

Spring 2015 Teaching Schedule:

13503 FIN 3104 Introduction to Finance T R 06:30p 9:15p MCB 100

Spring 2015 Office Hours:

    T 11:00 - 1:00

Education and Certification:

D.B.A., Indiana University, 1974
M.B.A., University of Michigan, 1971
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1969


Dr. Keown is the R. B. Pamplin Professor of Finance, currently teaching Introduction to Finance to undergraduate students. He is a member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence. He has won several excellence awards at Virginia Tech including the Certificate of Teaching Excellence (5 times), W.E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence and the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. He has been honored by the State of Virginia by receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in research, teaching and service.


Dr. Keown's research interests include Investments, Corporate Finance, and Operations Research Applications in Finance. He (along with Professor Pinkerton) was the first to use daily transactions to demonstrate price run up prior to merger announcements. He has published his research findings in the top journals in Finance including Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics. He has also acted as a referee for various academic and business journals.

Service-Related Contributions:

Dr. Keown served as the Department Head for 9 years. He also chaired the University Athletic Committee for 2 years. He is a faculty advisor for SEED, the student run endowment, and also for the Finance Club. He is currently serving his second 5-year term as Director of the Board of Virginia Tech Services, a not for profit organization set up to operate the University Bookstore, vending services and other auxiliary services. He was an Executive Board Member for the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund and has served as the Representative from the College of Business on the University Council.

Professional Achievements:

Dr. Keown has published 6 college textbooks, 3 of which have been used by 1 million students around the world. He recently served as the co-editor of The Journal of Financial Research for 6 years. He was selected as a Fellow in the Decision Sciences Institute and is a member of various honorary and professional organizations such as the Financial Management Association, American Finance Association, Academy of Financial Services, and Decision Sciences Institute. He served for 6 years as the co-editor of the Financial Management Association's Survey and Synthesis Series, and has also a member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Management Association. In addition, he served two terms as a Director of the Academy of Financial Services, and served as the Vice-President of that association in 2002."