Our Story

The Boehly Center for Excellence in Finance offers students a vastly enriched experience as they prepare for careers of principled achievement in finance. Founding in 2014 through a generous multi-year gift from Katie (BA ’95 and Todd (BBA ’96), Boehly, The Center offers programs and services for all William & Mary students (any major, any year) interested in careers in financial services.

The Center provides opportunities for advanced financial training, career exploration, networking, and experiential learning through financial firm-sponsored competitions as well as through industry-leader and dedicated faculty-taught courses. The Center capitalizes on William & Mary’s ideal size by offering uniquely personalized programs, including alumni mentor matching and academic and career advising.

The Center also offers leadership opportunities through our student-run clubs: the Howard J. Busbee Finance Academy, the Mason Investment Club, Women in Business, and Smart Woman Securities.


Julie R. Agnew ’91, Associate Professor of Economics and Finance, served as the inaugural faculty Directory of the Center from its inception through June 2016. Under her leadership, the Center established its reputation for innovation through several successful initiatives, including the first finance-focused summer study abroad program in Singapore, the inaugural Women’s Stock Pitch & Leadership Summit, the annual Invictus Challenge Case Competition, and the creation of a new practitioner-led course on Risk Management.

James Haltiner, Chancellor Professor of Economics and Finance, and Carl Tack ’78, Visiting Lecturer in Finance, served as Co-Directors of the Center from July 2016 through 2019. In addition to expanding the practitioner-led course offerings and growing the annual Women’s Stock Pitch event, they launched the Financial Literacy Program. Professors Haltiner and Tack also oversaw the expansion of the Center team, adding a second Associate Director position focused on Strategic Engagement to complement the original Associate Director for Academic Engagement, as well as an Administrative Coordinator.

Jad Howell MAcc ‘05, was hired in May 2020 as the Center’s first full-time Executive Director. An alumnus of Mason’s Masters of Accounting program, Howell returned to his alma mater to lead the Boehly Center in a new strategic plan. Through Howell’s leadership, the Center launched an official mission, vision and five strategic goals (Elevate, Educate, Engage, Empower & Employ). In addition, due to COVID-19, Howell and the Boehly Center team launched a 4-week summer program with Professor Katherine Guthrie for students that lost their jobs due to the pandemic, providing a 4-week Summer Business Institute providing students with tactical and practical experience over their summer.

Julie Agnew
Julie Agnew
James Haltiner
James Haltiner
Carl Tack
Jad Howell
Jad Howell

Programs & Events Timeline


Finance AcademyFinance Academy Launched

Mason Investment Club Launched

DoG St to Wall St poster headerFirst From DoG Street to Wall Street Event

Women in Business logoWomen in Business Club Launched

Julie AgnewRita MurphyFirst Employees Hired for the Boehly Center. Executive Director, Julie Agnew & Associate Director of Academic Engagement, Rita Murphy.

Boehly Center Launched at Inaugural Gala in NYC

Financial Modeling Club Launched

sws-logoSmart Woman Securities Club Launched

Singapore and hong kongStudy Abroad to Singapore

Womens Stock Pitch logoFirst Women’s Stock Pitch & Leadership Summit Event

James HaltinerProfessor Julie Agnew finishes contract as Executive Director and Professors Jim Haltiner and Carl Tack join as Co-Directors of the Boehly Center

Study Abroad to Singapore & Hong Kong

Financial Literacy Program Launched

Megan BranchBoehly Center hires Administrative Coordinator, Megan Branch

Morgan HutterBoehly Center hires Associate Director of Strategic Engagement, Morgan Hutter

Jad HowellMelanie WeastProfessors Haltiner and Tack finish contract as Executive Director and Boehly Center hires full-time Executive Director, Jad Howell

Boehly Center also hires Associate Director for Academic Engagement, Melanie Weast

Boehly Center relocated to new suite in Alan B. Miller Hall

Green_and_Black_DataFeast_LogoLaunch of Data Feast Case Competition in collaboration with MSBA department

Green_and_Gold_Mason_Summer_Business_Institute_Logo_July_7_to_July_30Mason School of Business collaborates with Boehly Center to conduct Mason Summer Business Institute, a four-week online program where undergraduate students received access to training platforms, unique special topic education, and professional development preparation for students that lost internships & jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic


Dezire MorrisBoehly Center hires Associate Director for Academic Engagement, Dannita Trice and new Administrative Project Coordinator, Dezire Morris

Incentive_Program_Logo_Gold_TrophyIntroduction of annual Boehly Center Incentive Program to encourage accountability, professionalism, respect and community. Students receive prizes for participation in programs, events & trainings

Annual training in Python, Data Science & SQL provided to students through Cognitir

Joey Smith HeadshotMatthew Hedrick HeadshotMorgan Hutter finishes contract as Interim Executive Director and Boehly Center hires Executive Director, Joey Smith


Boehly Center also hires Assistant Director of Events & Programs, Matthew Hedrick


Boehly Center promotes Dannita Trice to Director of Engagement & Operations