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Students at Sorrell College of Business had the opportunity to meet one of the world’s largest investment banks and a banker who plays a central role in the business.

Goldman Sachs CEO David Granson visited students and faculty on a full-day visit that included lunch with Chancellor Dr Jack Hawkins, Jr. and other senior leaders.

The day started with a breakfast with the Global Scholars call, followed by a conference with the Investments class. After a meeting of finance professors and lunch, Granson concluded his tour with a networking and job search discussion for several business school classes.

Sorrell College Dean Dr Judson Edwards said the visit was important not just for finance students, but for all business students.

“Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest investment banks. Their influence is significant not only here in the United States, but in countries around the world, ”he said. “We’re very, very happy to have this type of person here at TROY and it’s not something that happens every day.”

Granson is an Assistant Professor of Fixed Income at Georgetown University and is certainly no stranger to the classroom. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 and was appointed Managing Director in 2012. Within the Investment Management division of the company, he advises endowment funds, pension plan sponsors and other tax exempt entities as well. than wealthy families and private businesses.

Goldman Sachs CEO David Granson lectures in a class at Sorrell College of Business. (Photo by TROY / Clif Lusk)

“I want our students to know that they can compete with students anywhere,” Edwards said. “What David Granson will help our students understand is that if they work hard and apply themselves, their TROY education means as much to him as any Ivy League education.”

From the start, Granson challenged students to be “intellectually curious” and consider the implications of how global issues will impact the economy for decades to come. One of these problems is global warming.

“He really challenges the students,” Edwards said. “I was really proud to see our students contributing and being a part of this discussion. One of the tenants of our GEEKS program is engaging with the business community, but the representation of Goldman Sachs in our college is truly expanding the thinking globally.