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Dr Patel joined Wake Forest University in 1993. While at Wake Forest, he has served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Alumni Affairs (2002 - 2004) and Interim Dean and Dean (2003 - 2008) of the Babcock Graduate School of Management. He served as the Director of the Center for Enterprise Research and Education between 2010 and 2015. He served as Faculty Director for Global Business Outreach between 2008 and 2014. Since 2016, he has served as the Area Chair for the Accounting and Finance areas.

Dr. Patel's research work has been widely published in scholarly journals and has won eight awards from academic associations and two from practitioner associations. His research has focused on compensation and conflicts of interest, cross-border M&A, and the impact of security offerings on valuation and firm performance. His current research focuses on the impact of formal (law), informal (culture) and behavioral factors on CEO compensation.

As Director of the Center for Enterprise Research and Education, he worked with an interdisciplinary team of faculty studying the role of culture, gender, religion and community on the development of microentreprises into small and medium sized businesses in emerging economies. Their research study was focused in Nicaragua.

As Faculty Director of Global Business Outreach between 2008 and 2014, he worked with graduate business students and faculty in providing training on business skills to owners of microenterprises and small and medium sized businesses that are of importance in starting, managing and growing a business. They have been going to Nicaragua three times a year since 2007. They provided training to artisans in Benin between 2008 and 2010 and started working with Hispanic business owners in Winston-Salem, NC in 2012.

During his tenure at the Babcock School, he has received the Educator of the Year Award thirteen times across all the MBA programs. He has also received the Kienzle Teaching Award, given by alumni to the faculty member who represents the highest standards of teaching excellence. He was also recognized as the Teacher of the Year three times by graduates of the MBA program at the University of Missouri prior to joining Wake Forest University.

Dr. Patel serves on the Board of Trustees of the Financial Management Association International (FMA). He has served, or currently serves, as a member of the Board of Directors, or Board of Advisors, for Amarr Garage Doors, Altadonics, Aegis Mechtronics, The Collaborative Design Group, the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Winston-Salem Business Inc., Winston-Salem Industrial Development Corporation, the Center for Design Innovation, and the Southern Finance Association. He served as the Secretary/Treasurer of FMA between 2002 and 2012. He has also served on the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Forsyth County.

  • Ph D, University of Georgia (Finance) - 1987
  • MBA, University of Baltimore- 1982
  • B. Sc, St. Josephs College (Chemistry, Botany and Zoology) - 1978

  • 2019 - 2019 Service MVP Award, School of Business
  • 2018 - Emerald Best Research Paper Award (3rd place), India Finance Conference 2018
  • 2017 - 2017 Service MVP Award, School of Business
  • 2014 - Educator of the Year, School of Business, Resident MBA Program
  • 2013 - Best Paper Award, India Finance Conference 2013
  • 2012 - Educator of the Year, Schools of Business, Resident MBA Program
  • 2012 - Best Paper Award, India Finance Conference 2012
  • 2012 - In Grateful Recognition of Dedication to Excellence, Financial Management Association International
  • 2011 - Educator of the Year, Schools of Business, Resident MBA Program
  • 2004 - Educator of the Year, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Resident MBA Program
  • 2003 - Best Paper Award, Annual European Meeting of the Financial Management Association International
  • 2002 - Educator of the Year, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Resident MBA Program
  • 2002 - Recognition for Faculty Excellence, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Fast-Track MBA Program
  • 2001 - Kienzle Teaching Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management
  • 2000 - Educator of the Year Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Resident MBA Program
  • 2000 - Outstanding Faculty Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Charlotte MBA Program
  • 1999 - Educator of the Year Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Resident MBA Program
  • 1999 - Third Prize, I/B/E/S Global Research Competition
  • 1998 - Educator of the Year Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Resident MBA Program
  • 1997 - Best Paper Award, Chicago Quantitative Alliance/IBES Academic Competition
  • 1997 - Educator of the Year Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Resident MBA Program
  • 1997 - Outstanding Faculty Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Charlotte MBA Program
  • 1996 - Educator of the Year Award, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Evening MBA Program
  • 1995 - Outstanding Paper in Corporate Finance, Annual Meeting of the Southern Finance Association
  • 1993 - Outstanding Paper in Investments, Annual Meeting of the Southern Finance Association
  • 1993 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, University of Missouri, MBA Program
  • 1992 - Outstanding Paper in Corporate Finance, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Finance Association
  • 1992 - Outstanding Paper in International Finance, Annual Meeting of Southern Finance Association
  • 1992 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, University of Missouri, MBA Program
  • 1991 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, University of Missouri, MBA Program