Samford’s Brock School of Business receives highly –regarded recognition from the CFA Institute


 Birmingham, Ala., --Samford University's Brock School of Business announced today that two of its finance programs have been recognized by CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter.  In order to receive this special recognition, the Brock School of Business had to acknowledge that it incorporates at least70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge within the curriculum and places emphasis on the CFA Institute's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

 "This recognition acknowledges the finance curriculum at Samford positions our students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation," said Rusty Yerkes, CFA and assistant professor of finance.  "The CFA designation is now widely recognized as a must have credential.  It consists of three rigorous 6-hour exams and requires four years of investment related work experience.  Consequently, it has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world."

The CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to prospective students, employers and the marketplace that Samford's finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice. As part of the University Recognition program, CFA Institute will award up to five scholarships annually for Samford finance students to sit for the Level I CFA exam.

This new recognition is one of a number of enhanced finance curriculum options in the Brock School of Business.  This past fall, the school added an optional Finance concentration to its M.B.A. curriculum. 

Dean Howard Finch added, "In addition to our $1.6 million student managed investment portfolio, 12 on-campus Bloomberg terminals, and a very successful intern program, the CFA recognition is one more piece of the puzzle that helps us offer

 outstanding and relevant business curriculum to our students. We are very excited about what this recognition can do to help our students achieve their future goals in the investment world."

About the Brock School of Business at Samford University:Samford University's Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education.The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since1922.  In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business.  It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools. In 2010, USASBE selected the Brock School of Business 'entrepreneurship program as the best new program in the U.S. For more information


About CFA Institute: CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors' interests come first,markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 110,000 members in 139 countries and territories,including 100,000 CFA charter holders. For more information,