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Press Release for Thursday, June 4, 2015

UNF Finance Professor Selected 2015 Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Parvez Ahmed, professor of finance at the University of North Florida, was selected to the inaugural class of the Aspen Arthur Vining Davis Fellows by the Aspen Institute, participating with thought leaders from around the globe in the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival next month in Aspen, Colo.

Since 2005, the Aspen Ideas Festival has been the nation’s premier convening of leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive consideration of ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

“The Aspen Ideas Festival experience is intellectually invigorating and highly engaging,” said Nancy J. Cable, president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. “The Foundations are committed to investing in emerging leaders and in providing them with this unique opportunity.”

The Fellows were selected from a competitive field of national nominees who are emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qualities of Arthur Vining Davis, longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation.

“Our community, our country and our world depends on the power of ideas. Aspen offers a great opportunity to hear from the best and the brightest,” said Ahmed, an East Arlington resident. “I am thankful to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation for selecting a diverse group of thought leaders to attend the festival. I am hopeful that the ideas we hear can help us enrich our community here on the First Coast.”


Through funding provided by the Board of Trustees of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Aspen AVDF Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other Festival attendees, including more than 400 thought leaders in science, health, business, politics, religion, technology, the arts, the environment and academia. The Fellows’ presence will enrich the Ideas Festival, and their insight will then inform the philanthropic plans and priorities of the Foundations in the coming years.

Ahmed has been at UNF since 2002 and has received numerous awards, including the Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award from the OneJax Institute at UNF, Outstanding Teacher, Folio Weekly’s Person of the Year and the Outstanding Researcher award three times from the Coggin College of Business at UNF, to name a few. He is the author of “Mutual Funds—Fifty Years of Research Findings” and has had his research on market efficiency and asset pricing published in numerous top finance journals.

He earned his doctorate in finance from the University of Texas and his master’s degree in business administration from Temple University. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Aligarh Muslim University in India.

For nearly 65 years, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have provided philanthropy across America to higher education; medicine and health care; theological education and religious pluralism; public educational television for children, as well as historical and scientific documentaries for national distribution through PBS and other producers of film.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.



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