Professor Emeritus of Finance

J. Clay Singleton, Ph.D.

“I teach at Crummer because I believe in helping people think while they learn how to do. Our students get a practical and applied business education that is an investment in the future—theirs and ours.”

J. Clay Singleton is the George and Harriet Cornell Professor of Finance at the Rollins College, where he brings many years of real-world experience to the classroom. During his career he has been an investment practitioner and researcher in addition to being an award-winning educator.

Before coming to Rollins in 2002 Dr. Singleton was vice president of Ibbotson Associates (now a division of Morningstar) where he was responsible for the firm’s consulting, training, and research activities. Ibbotson Associates provides data, software, asset allocation consulting, research, training, and presentation materials to the investment profession. Dr. Singleton worked with the firm’s consulting clients to design asset allocation strategies and directed the firm’s research efforts. He also represented the firm before practitioner audiences, introducing them to innovations in investment strategies, asset allocation, and financial practice. He served Ibbotson Associates’ compliance officer for its Registered Investment Advisor activities.

Before joining Ibbotson Associates he was Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Examinations at the CFA Institute. In this capacity he was responsible for the CFA program’s job analysis, candidate curriculum, and certification examinations. Dr. Singleton earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1985.

In his academic career Dr. Singleton was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 12 years where he was named to the Paul C. Burmeister Professorship of Investments and served as Associate Dean. He also won the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He was subsequently named Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of North Texas where he served for four years. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Singleton’s research in investments and finance has been widely published in both practitioner and academic journals. He has contributed articles to the Journal of Finance, Financial Management, and the Journal of Portfolio Management, among others. He has co-authored a series of articles on investment practice and fiduciary duty for the American College of Trust and Estate Council and co-authored a chapter on the Prudent Investor Act in Administration of Trusts in Florida, published by the Florida Bar. He has written two books, Core-Satellite Portfolio Management: A Modern Approach to Professionally Managed Funds and Survey Research in Finance, co-authored with H. Kent Baker and Ted Veit.

Dr. Singleton has also served in a consulting role for PCE Investment Bankers. As Director of Indexes he oversaw operations for the PCE Indexes, directed research, and wrote a monthly commentary for the PCE Index newsletter. The indexes were created by Michael Poole, principal of PCE Investment Bank, Dr. Singleton, and a team of 15 Rollins MBA students over a two-year period.

In addition to his faculty position, he is on the pension committee of the College and a member of the board of directors of a mutual fund complex overseeing three public mutual funds.


  • Investment Management
  • Valuation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Modeling
  • Fiduciary Duty


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MBA, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BAS, Washington University