Dan French

Dr. Dan W. French

Phone: (409) 880-8603
Email: dfrench2@lamar.edu
Office: Galloway Business Building Room 232

Ph.D.   Louisiana Tech University
B.A. Lamar University 


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses 

Principles of Finance
Options and Futures
Advanced Financial Management
Entrepreneurial Finance
Management of Financial Institutions
Financial Intermediaries and Markets
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Real Estate Finance and Investment
International Finance
Real Estate Portfolio Analysis and REITs

Financial Modeling -Draws from a variety of public domain sources such as Alpha Vantage Stock API.

Graduate Courses

Financial Management*                                  
Advanced Financial Management*
Speculative Markets
Security Analysis                                            
Money and Capital Markets
Financial Statement Analysis                           
Management of Financial Institutions
Information and Database Management**      
Real Estate Finance and Investment                 
Real Estate Portfolio Analysis
Real Estate Securities Analysis
Served on thesis committees


Professional Experience

Academic Experience 

Lamar University– July 2018 to present
      Dean – College of Business
University of Missouri – Columbia- August 2003 to 2018
      Jeffrey E. Smith Missouri Professor of Finance
      Director, Master of Science in Finance Program(June 2017 June 2018)
      Director, Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate (August 2011 to May 2017)
      Chair, Department of Finance (August 2003 to August 2015)

New Mexico State University July 1993 to July 2003
      Professor of Finance
      Department Head, July 1993 to June 1996
Texas Christian University June 1984 to July 1993
      Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Finance
      Chair, Dept. of Finance and Decision Sciences, June 1990 to July 1993
      Faculty Coordinator, Educational Investment Fund 

Instituto de Postgrado en Administrationón de NegociosSeptember 1987 to August 1988
      Profesor de Finanzas y Estadísticas
      M.B.A. program in Guayaquil Ecuador funded by U.S. Agency for International Development
Texas A&M University June 1980 to May 1984
      Assistant Professor of Finance
Corpus Christi State University June 1978 to May 1980
      Assistant Professor of Finance and Quantitative Methods



President, Southwestern Finance Association, 1990-91, 2012-13
Vice-Pres. and Program Chair, Southwestern Finance Association, 1989-1990, 2011-12
Member, Board of Directors, Southwestern Finance Association, 1986-1988
Treasurer, Rio Grande Chapter, Financial Executives Institute, 1995-1997


American Finance Association                                          
Southern Finance Association
Financial Management Association                                   
Southwestern Finance Association
Eastern Finance Association                                              
American Real Estate Society
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts


  • Southwestern Finance Association Outstanding Educator Award, 2005
  • Member, Transportation Finance Advisory Committee, City of Columbia, 2004-2005
  • Member, Governor’s Permanent Funds Study Committee, State Investment Council, State of New Mexico, 1994-1996 (recommended investment policy changes for $10 billion in state trust funds)
  • Member, Investment Committee, Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, N.M., 1996-2003

Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Articles

  • French, D. W., Chacon, R., & Pukthuanthong, K. (in press, 2020).  The Information Content of Net Asset Value Estimates.   Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.
  • French, D. W. (2018).  Depreciation-Related Capital Ganins, Differential Tax Rates, and the Market Value of Real Estate Investment Trusts.   Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.
  • French, D. W. (2017).  Passive Institutional Ownership, R-squared Trends, and Price Informativeness.   Financial Review.
  • French, D. W. (2016).  Effects of Frequent Information Disclosure: The Case of Daily Net Asset Value Reporting for Closed-end Investment Companies.   Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.
  • French, D. W. (2016).  Managerial Social Capital and Financial Development: A Cross-Country Analysis. Financial Review.
  • French, D. W. (2016).  Social Capital, Investments, and External Financing.   Journal of Corporate Finance.
  • French, D. W. (2014).  REIT Organizational Structure: Institutional Ownership, and Stock Performance.   Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management.

Books, Monographs, Compilations, Manuals

  • French, D. W. (2010).  Personal Finance: An Interactive Applications Approach (2014 ed.) Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.  

Presentations of Refereed Papers

  • French, D. W. (2017). Non-traded REITS: Corporate Governance and Dividend Policy.  American Real Estate Society, San Diego, California.
  • French, D. W. (2017). The Information content of Analysts' Value Estimates.  Financial Management Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • French, D. W. (2017). Corporate Governance Changes in Non-listed Firms Transitioning to Exchange-Listed Status: A Study Using REITS. European Real Estate Society, Delft, Netherlands.
  • French, D. W. (2016). Classification of Firms into Industries Using Market Data.  Southwestern Finance Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • French, D. W. (2016). Passive Institutional Ownership, R-squared Trends, and Price Informativeness.  Spanish Finance Association, Madrid, Spain.
  • French, D. W. (2015). The Effects of Unrecognized Capital Gains and Unrecaptured Depreciation on Firm Value: An Application to the Valuation of REITs.  NUS-MIT-Maastrich Real Estate Symposium, Singapore, Unknown.
  • French, D. W. (2014). The Effects of Unrecognized Capital Gains and Unrecaptured Depreciation on Firm Value: An Application to the Valuation of REITs.  American Real Estate Society, San Diego, California.
  •   French, D. W. (2014). Passive Institutional Ownership, R2 Trends, and Price Informativeness.  IPAG Financial Management Conference, Paris, France.