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“I always liked math, and finance relates so well to what you read each day in the newspaper,” he says. “Today if you’re going to rise to a high level in an organization, you’re going to need a thorough understanding of accounting principles.”

Rick Simonds

Professor of Finance

Not everyone would call conducting a company’s taxation evaluation “fun.” But Finance Professor Richard Simonds finds joy in numbers.

“I always liked math, and finance relates so well to what you read each day in the newspaper,” he says. “Today if you’re going to rise to a high level in an organization, you’re going to need a thorough understanding of accounting principles.”

Simonds joined the MSU faculty in 1974. His longtime efforts at research and publishing have led to numerous consulting gigs, including work as an expert witness in valuation matters, mostly on the state government side. Among the companies he’s been asked to evaluate was Burlington Northern, which was eventually bought by Warren Buffet.

Simonds enjoys sailing, trout fishing and golfing Michigan’s numerous excellent courses. And for most of the last decade, he’s also enjoyed international travel, as the professor for the MBA study abroad program. The position, which he calls “great fun,” offers the chance to see the benefit participating students get from it.

“That and MBA teaching have been what I most enjoy over the past 10 years,” Simonds says. “The classroom keeps me going.”


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