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Craig Ruff

Office Location: Room - 426, Stokely Management Center 865-974-3216

Craig Ruff is a clinical professor of finance in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He previously served as the assistant dean for undergraduate programs and a clinical professor of finance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Ruff was formerly a vice president in the educational products department at the CFA Institute and associate editor of the Financial Analysts Journal. He also has worked in the areas of equity valuation and quantitative portfolio analysis for Atlanta Capital Management, an institutional money management firm. Prior to joining Georgia State in 1991, Ruff was a senior economist at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where he specialized in interest-rate-risk modeling and mortgage-derivative products. At Georgia State, he also has served as the assistant dean for executive education.

Ruff’s research and practice interests are in investments, and he has published articles on interest-rate risk and hedging in both academic journals and practitioner publications. He also has co-authored a set of cases on international asset management that now reside in the Darden and INSEAD case collections.

Ruff has won the college-wide teaching awards at both Georgia State University and Georgia Tech. He is a CFA charterholder and a former trustee for the CFA Society of Atlanta and University Relations chair, and formerly served as the director of research for Decatur Capital Management, an asset-management firm. He also founded and previously directed Robinson’s honors track in finance. He is the faculty adviser for ASIC (Atlanta Student Investors Club), on the board of the ASFIP Foundation (which focuses on financial literacy) and a member of the University System of Georgia’s Retirement Advisory Committee. He holds a doctorate in finance from Virginia Tech.

Awards & Honors



    1987 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D., Finance

    1983 Washington University, M.A., Economics

    1982 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Economics


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