Meet the Team

  • The faculty and staff of the Richard A. Mayo Center work to advance the study and practice of asset management and to create a hub of thought leadership, curricular, content and program development for faculty, students, alumni and business practitioners in the field of asset management. The team is advised by the Mayo Center Advisory Group

  • Faculty

    The following faculty members are involved with the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management.

    Pedro Matos

    John G. Macfarlane Family Chair and Associate Professor of Business Administration 
    Academic Director, Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management 

    George (Yiorgos) Allayannis

    Paul Tudor Jones II Professor of Business Administration

    Susan Chaplinsky 
    Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration

    Kenneth Eades

    Professor of Business Administration
    Former Area Coordinator, Finance; Former Academic Director of the Center for Asset Management   

    Richard Evans

    Associate Professor of Business Administration

    Marc Lipson

    Robert F. Vandell Professor of Business Administration

    Michael Schill

    Professor of Business Administration

    Davide Tomio

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration

    Francis Warnock

    James C. Wheat, Jr. Professor of Business Administration 

    Ting Xu

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration


    Rodney SullivanRodney Sullivan 
    Executive Director
    As executive director of the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management, Rodney Sullivan has primary leadership and managerial responsibility for the administration and oversight of all of the center’s activities. Sullivan joins the Darden School from AQR Capital Management, the Greenwich, Connecticut, based investment management firm where he served as vice president and head of investment content. An investment industry publishing leader with an extensive track record of developing and communicating innovative research and ideas, Sullivan helped establish and led the firm’s editorial board and also was a founding member of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School. Prior to joining AQR, Sullivan worked as head of publications and editor of the Financial Analysts Journal at the CFA Institute for more than 10 years, including oversight responsibilities for a suite of publication services aimed at the investment community. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Sullivan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Charlottesville with his family and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Investments.

    Aaron FernstromAaron Fernstrom 
    Aaron Fernstrom joined the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management in March 2017. Prior to returning to Darden, Fernstrom served in the Asset Management Strategy practice at Deloitte. His engagements included long-term strategic planning, growth strategy, marketing strategy, product development, change management, organizational design, and post-merger operational integration for some of the world’s largest asset managers. He also led research initiatives in digital marketing, the disintermediation of traditional asset management, direct lending, private debt and the growth of ETFs. Prior to Deloitte, Fernstrom was a venture capitalist focused on early-stage, revolutionary science and technology companies. The cumulative net IRR generated by his venture capital projects is 57.14%. Fernstrom graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Finance and received his MBA from the Darden School of Business. 

    Jinhee KimJinhee Kim
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate 
    Jinhee Kim is a post-doctoral research associate at the Darden School of Business in the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management. Prior to coming to Darden in July 2017, Kim received her PhD in Finance at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Kim has her BBA in Business Administration from Yonsei University and her MS in Finance from Seoul National University.

    Michael YoungMichael Young 
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate  
    Michael Young is a post-doctoral research associate at the Darden school of Business in the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management. Prior to joining to Darden, Michael received his PhD in Finance from the University of Alabama. Michael is originally from Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and has his BS in Business from Longwood University and a MS in Finance from the University of Maryland. Michael’s research is focused on behavioral factors that influence individuals investment decisions.

    Kristen FisherKristen Fisher 
    Kristen Fisher is responsible for collaborating with program directors and faculty across three of Darden’s Centers of Excellence to produce and assist with thought leadership highlighting the research and programs of the centers. She also manages the Resilience Awards program, which recognizes successful businesses in areas with high rates of economic inequality. In addition, she coordinates the logistics for the University of Virginia Investing Conference. Before coming to Darden, Kristen worked for Albemarle County as a Project Coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant. There, she successfully designed and implemented a campaign to reduce drinking and driving in the area.

    Stephanie SwingStephanie Swing 
    Operations and Administrative Coordinator
    Stephanie serves across three of Darden’s Centers of Excellence. She is responsible for integrating projects, financial operations, office administration, and logistics to enhance the activities of each center. She works to promote communication among the centers and throughout the enterprise. Stephanie holds a BA in Anthropology with a Minor in Geology from East Carolina University. Prior to joining Darden, she served in a similar role in the Office of Global Affairs at her alma mater.