Richard A. Wall, PhD Professor of Economics and Finance
BS, Mathematics, Economics, Physics — Canisius College
MA, Economics; PhD, Economics — State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Wall’s numerous honors attest to the integrity of his research and his skill in teaching. He received the Alumni Association’s Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award in 1991, was twice named the recipient of the Donald E. Calvert Outstanding Professor Award, given by the college’s MBA students, and in 2004, was named the College’s Professor of the Year by students. He has held the M&T Distinguished Professorship since 1990, an honor that provided support for his banking and small business research. In 1997, the President of the College asked Dr. Wall to serve for one year as interim VP for Student Affairs.
Author or co-author of numerous articles in scholarly journals, Dr. Wall has focused much of his research on finance, small business and US economic growth. He provides expert opinion for various law firms on the extent of economic loss due to personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. He has achieved the prestigious CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, served as President and board member for the CFA Society of Buffalo, and participated in numerous conferences that bring financial professionals together from CFA chapters all over the world. In the local community, Dr. Wall has been involved in setting and enforcing ethical standards for businesses with the Better Business Bureau of Upstate NY as a board member and recent three-year term as chairman of the board.
Dr. Wall was the key faculty member who worked to design and implement the Canisius Golden Griffin Fund, a student run investment fund that trains and prepares students for positions as financial analysts in places like New York and Chicago. His commitment to this process included the design and teaching of courses in “Equity Analysis” and the second semester course for the Griffin Fund itself.