Dean Cao Jiang, Ph.D.

Professor in Finance and Management

2017 March CJ

Cao Jiang is the founding business school dean at Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU), one of three full scale Sino-American universities in China alongside with NYU Shanghai and Duke Kunshan. He manages a wide range of academic and administrative responsibilities, and seeks and advances relationships with the business communities.

Before his leadership role at WKU, Dr. Cao has been researching with top scholars in the field of finance, management, and international business. Recent academic publications include ones in Management and Organization Review and Journal of Banking and Finance; and media appearance and quotes in CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Philadelphia Inquirer, NBC and Fox Philadelphia, De Telegraaf, and numerous other local and international outlets. One of his research papers is currently under the 3rd round revision at Administrative Science Quarterly. He leads various projects including APEC Cross-border e-Commerce eLearning Platform.  A top rated professor in the classroom with two decades of American university teaching experience, Dr. Cao also served many years on an Investment Committee managing a university endowment, aside from being on other Board of Trustee committees. His former academic leadership and budgetary roles include acting dean, department chair, chairperson roles on faculty senate welfare committee (negotiating salary and benefits for university faculty and professional staff members), IRB, promotion and contract, among many others. He is also a seasoned and prolific faculty recruiter, a strong advocate for student research and learning by practice, as well as an experienced institutional developer.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cao practiced in the investment banking industry in the New York City.  His industrial accomplishment includes the development of an equity/bond/commodity index arbitrage trading system for a major international finance player; an expert witness for the Attorney General of State of New York, involving alleged abusive transfer pricing and tax evasion by a major U.S. firm;  the diagnostic testing of the hedging operation of a major U.S. bank; the development of an interest-spread model for a major investment bank;  research supervisory and the training of newly hired financial analysts and associates; navigating through the business and regulation hurdles in exporting slop oil; and the management of a proprietary trading desk.

During his pastime, he is an avid classical music lover, vintage car and motorcycle aficionado, electronic hobbyist, and hiking and rowing enthusiast.