Robert Forsythe is a professor in the finance department, teaching Principles of Finance.
Forsythe is the former dean of the College of Business, joining USF in 2006 from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa where he served simultaneously as the Leonard A. Hadley Chair in Leadership and senior associate dean. He launched several student-centered initiatives during his tenure as dean through 2012, including the Bulls Business Community, the Financial Services Education Center, and the Business Communications Center.
Forsythe is co-founder of the Iowa Electronic Markets, which was designed as a futures market for trading in contracts on political and economic events over the Internet. The IEM attracted national attention forecasting election outcomes using financial markets and has been profiled by BusinessWeek, CNN, The Economist, Forbes, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, among others. A recipient of numerous of professional awards, Forsythe has published 40+ academic accounting, economics and finance articles; most focused on issues in asset pricing.
He served as an operations research analyst with PPG Industries before earning a PhD in economics at Carnegie-Mellon University. He taught at the California Institute of Technology as well as the University of Iowa.
- FIN 3403 Principles of Finance
- Member, Board of Directors, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Board of Directors of the University of South Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
- Member, The Rotary Club of Tampa
- Member, Committee of One Hundred Financial Services Committee, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
- Member, CEO Council of Tampa Bay
- Sponsor, Delta Sigma Pi