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William Bradford
Office: 411
Phone: 206-543-4559
Fax: 206-543-7472

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195

The current state of American business education—vital, dynamic, and optimistic—mirrors that of American business. Both are being reshaped by technology, both have an increasingly global orientation, both are encouraging entrepreneurial minds to forge new opportunities, and both are being driven by their successes.

William Bradford

Professor Emeritus of Finance


PhD Ohio State University (1972)
MBA Ohio State University (1968)
BA Howard University (1967)

Academic Expertise

business valuation
corporate finance
corporate governance
dividend and payout policy / stock splits
financial institutions / banking
household finance
minority business
small business finance
venture capital

Current Research

“Do Minority Firms Suffer More from Immobility in Founder Control?” Research project sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Positions Held

Dean of the UW Business School, 1994-1999
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Maryland School of Business and Management, 1991-1994
Chairman of the Finance Department, University of Maryland School of Business and Management, 1984-1989
Assistant and Associate Professor, Stanford University, 1972-1980
Visiting Professor at New York University, University of California at Los Angeles, Ohio State University, and Yale University
Visiting Economist at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, 1974-1975

Selected Publications

  1. Are Minority-Owned Businesses Under-served by the Private Equity Market? Evidence from the Venture-Capital Industry
    Journal Article:Bradford, W., with Bates, T. & Jackson, W.E, (forthcoming). Small Business Economics,
  2. The ‘Myth’ that Black Entrepreneurship Can Reduce the Gap in Wealth between Black and White Families
    Journal Article:Bradford, W., (2014). Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 28, pp. 254-354.
  3. Does Venture Capitalist Activism Improve Investment Performance?
    Journal Article:Bates, T., Bradford, W., & Jackson, W. E., (2012). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 27(3), pp. 342-354.
  4. Venture Capital Investment in Minority Business
    Journal Article:Bates, T., & Bradford, W., (2008). Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 40(2-3), pp. 489-504.
  5. The Wealth Dynamics of Entrepreneurship for Black and White Families in the U.S.
    Journal Article:Bradford, W., (2003). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 49(1), pp. 89-116.
  6. The Issue Decision of Manager-Owners Under Information Asymmetry
    Journal Article:Bradford, W., (1987). Journal of Finance, Vol. 42(5), pp. 1245-1260.
  7. Financing Black Economic Development
    Book:Bates, T., & Bradford, W., (1979). Academic Press,

Honors and Awards

Undergraduate Instructor of the Year for Finance and Business Economics (2007)
Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University (1985)
Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellowship (1987)
Federal Reserve Board Visiting Scholar (1981)
Mellon Foundation Fellow (1977)
Minority Business Hall of Fame, 2013 Inductee

Academic Service

President of the National Economic Association (1984)
Member of the Commission on Admission to Graduate Management Education (1987-90)

External Service and Assignments

Board director for various financial and community service organizations