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Morris W. Offit Chair in International Finance

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Established in 1984 by Morris W. Offit

OffitMorrisMORRIS W. OFFIT, A&S 1957, founder of OFFITBANK, a private investment bank which merged with Wachovia in 1999, is currently chairman of Offit Capital. Mr. Offit is an emeritus university and medicine trustee and former chair of the SAIS Board of Advisors. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hopkins in 1996, when he stepped down as chairman of the university Board of Trustees. The Baltimore native also chaired the very successful Campaign for Johns Hopkins in the 1980s.

In 1998, he was honored as Philanthropist of the Year by the Greater New York Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. The award honored Mr. Offit’s longtime leadership at Johns Hopkins, as well as his service at a broad range of New York area civic, religious, educational, and preservationist organizations, including the Jewish Museum, Columbia University Teachers College, and the Union Theological Seminary.

Mr. Offit’s sons Ned Offit, A&S 1987, and Daniel Offit are graduates of the Nitze School.

Held by Gordon M. Bodnar

GORDON M. BODNAR, Ph.D., is the Morris W. Offit Professor of International Finance. He has been the Director of the International Economics Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS since 2005 and is the founding director of the school’s Master of International Economics and Finance degree. In 2011, he was awarded a courtesy appointment as a Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining JHU, he was an assistant professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. He has also held visiting professorships at Frankfurt University in Germany and the Wharton School. He received his PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 1991.

His research focuses on the areas of international finance and corporate finance. Specific topics include corporate exchange rate exposure, risk management, the valuation of multinational operations, and financial disclosures. Dr. Bodnar’s research has been published in major academic journals in finance, economics and accounting as well as practitioner journals. He is currently an associate editor for European Financial Management and the Journal of Asian Economics and is on the editorial board of Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting. He has held appointments as a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and as a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund.

At Johns Hopkins SAIS, Dr. Bodnar teaches masters-level courses in corporate finance and international finance. He also teaches international corporate finance in the Wharton MBA for Executives program in Philadelphia and San Francisco as well as international finance courses for Executive MBA programs at Cornell University and the Carey Business School. Dr. Bodnar is the recipient of eight Excellence in Teaching awards from Wharton, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Cornell. He also lecturers in a variety of executive education programs and is an occasional consultant to the financial industry, multinational firms, and international research organizations.