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John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

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News and Highlights from the Weinberg Center:

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Fall 2015

October 8, 2015
“The Government as Regulator and/or Shareholder – The Impact on Director Duties”
The Effect of Regulatory Mandates on Financial Institutions and Other Regulated Corporations in the Post Dodd-Frank Era
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
For more information, please go to Upcoming Events.

November 18 -19, 2015
Delaware Law Issues Update Conference
Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, DE
For a description of the conference and the panels, and a copy of the current Agenda, please go to Upcoming Events.

Spring 2016

March 15, 2016
2016 Corporate Govenrance Symposium

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
The focus of the 2016 Corporate Governance Symposium will be “Governance Issues of Critical Importance to Boards and Institutional Investors in 2016.”   The Symposium will being with a  panel, followed by the presentation of four papers on topics that are of critical importance to boards and institutional investors today.  

Symposium Call for Papers

State of Delaware and the Weinberg Center Co-Sponsoring a panel at the ACC 2015 Annual Meeting

The State of Delaware and the Weinberg Center are co-sponsoring a panel, “Board Composition, Refreshment and Tenure - Hot Issues for Corporate Boards, ” at the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2015 Annual meeting in Boston. Participating on the panel are: Glenn Booraem, Principal & Fund Treasurer, Vanguard Group, Inc.; Charles Elson, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair of Corporate Governance and Professor of Finance and Director, Weinberg Center; Rakhi Kumar, Head of Corporate Governance, State Street Global Advisors, and Ann Mulé, Associate Director, Weinberg Center and the Moderator.  Both ACC members and non-members can register for the meeting.   In addition this panel will be webcast live, and one will  be able to register for this single live webcast.  For more information about the ACC Annual Meeting and to register, click HERE

Weinberg Center/PwC Webcast on Board Composition

PwC’s Investor Resource Institute and the Center for Board Governance together with the University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance in the Lerner College of Business and Economics held a webcast discussion on “Current Issues Relating to Board Composition”.  With today’s investors increasingly more focused on board composition, the panelists reviewed the critical issues of board composition and discussd how boards can address investor governance concerns including independent director industry expertise and other director skill sets, diversity, board evaluations, tenure and refreshment.

For a replay of the webcast, click HERE

For a summary of the webcast from Bloomberg BNA Corporate law & Accountability Report, click HERE.

For Bloomberg BNA article on Board Gender Diversity, click HERE

F. William McNabb, John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker - October 2014

The Center hosted F. William McNabb III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard, one of the world's largest investment companies, as the John L. Weinberg Distinguished Series speaker for the Fall of 2014.

Transcript of Bill McNabb's Speech

Weinberg Center –Thought Leader on Board Composition

Ann C. Mulé, Associate Director, and Charles M. Elson, Director, of the Weinberg Center, published an article about the importance of independent director industry expertise on a public company board and the dangers of a “management knowledge-captured board.”  Ms. Mulé and/or Professor Elson have been speaking on this topic and the broader topic of board composition at various venues, including:  PwC/Weinberg Center webcast; RRD Donnelley Proxy Statement Interactive Seminar; TIAA-CREF Board of Trustees Retreat, Corporate Governance Committee meeting; 2015 ISS Annual  Conference; ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Corporate Governance Committee; 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference; The Conference Board's Global Corporate Governance Research Center's Corporate/Investor Summit; 2014 Citadel Directors Institute; and ABA Business Law Section Spring 2014 Meeting.

The Weinberg Center has an updated brochure, which focuses on its mission and related activities.

  •  For a copy of the pdf version of the Brochure, click HERE
  • To view an interactive version of the brochure, click HERE

News Highlights

Oct. 8: 'Government as Regulator'

Exploring government's regulatory impact on financial institutions and other corporations

Leaders in law, corporate governance and financial services will visit UD for a discussion on government regulation and its influence on financial institutions and corporations.

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The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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