Biography: Ken B. Cyree
Dean of the School of Business Administration,
Frank R. Day/Mississippi Bankers Chair of Banking,
Professor of Finance
Dr. Ken Cyree is Dean, the Frank R. Day/Mississippi Bankers Association Chair of Banking, and Professor of Finance at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration. Dr. Cyree received his doctorate and MBA from the University of Tennessee. He is the Director of the Mississippi School of Banking and a faculty member at the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Cyree worked in industry as a Credit Manager in the textile industry for many years before entering academia.
Dr. Cyree's research interests are in banking, financial markets, interest rates, and regulation. He has papers published in the Journal of Business, Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research, the Journal of Financial Services Research, the Journal of Financial Markets, and Financial Review along with several other academic journals. He was Vice President for the Program and is Past-President of the Southern Finance Association. He has also served on the nominating committee for the Eastern Finance Association. In addition, Cyree was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Research and is currently an Associate Editor at the Journal of Financial Research. He was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2007 and Outstanding Senior Researcher in 2014 for the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration.
Cyree has had numerous media interviews including National Public Radio (NPR), Mississippi Public Broadcasting, ViewPoint television, The Marshall Ramsey Radio Show on Supertalk Mississippi, and the Dave Foster Radio Show. In addition, He has been quoted in the Clarion Ledger, Hattiesburg American, Mississippi Business Journal, the Tupelo Daily Journal, among other newspapers and online news sites such as Bloomberg and Fox Business. Cyree has also spoken to the Conference of Bank State Supervisors, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, the Mississippi Bankers Association, and testified before the Mississippi State Legislature Banking Committee. He is a Board member of the Mississippi Young Bankers Association.
As Dean, Dr. Cyree has focused the strategic direction for the school on high-quality scholarship as evidenced by publishing in highly-ranked journals, as well as high-quality, relevant, and rigorous teaching. Through the hard work of the faculty and staff, the School of Business was recently ranked in the top five-percent of US business schools by US News with the online MBA program ranked #1 by CollegeChoice.net. Dr. Cyree and the Business School team have also focused on increasing the number and quality of entering MBA students, started an Entrepreneurship minor and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and added Career Preparation professionals to help students prepare for career opportunities.
Dr. Cyree and his wife Lori reside in Oxford and they have an adult son who lives in Carrboro, NC.