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Conrad S. Ciccotello, JD, PhD
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Reiman School of Finance, Executive PhD
Conrad Ciccotello

Biography at a Glance

Conrad S. Ciccotello is the director of the Reiman School of Finance in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He earned his PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University and his JD.from Suffolk University.  

Dr. Ciccotello’s primary research interests are in law and finance, with an emphasis in financial intermediation and services. He has over 60 publications including articles in the Journal of Financial EconomicsJournal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative AnalysisManagement ScienceFinancial Analysts JournalAmerican Business Law Journal, and the Journal of Corporation Law.

Ciccotello has received research grants from TIAA Institute, Kauffman Foundation, the William Davidson Institute, and the Financial Planning Foundation. He is the author of the first two chapters in Mutual Funds: The Blackwell Series in Finance. He is a co-author of the (forthcoming) 16th Edition of the textbook Life Insurance. His research on the financial advisory profession is cited in the Federal Register, and his paper on market timing of mutual funds is entered into the Congressional Record as Senate Banking Committee testimony.

Ciccotello currently serves as a Research Fellow in the TIAA Institute. He was the editor of Financial Services Review from 2001 to 2007 and the executive director of the Huebner Foundation from 2012 to 2016. From 2008 to 2017, he served as the investment consultant for the defined-contribution retirement plan of the University System of Georgia. Ciccotello is highly visible nationwide, having been quoted in a wide variety of venues, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Consumer Reports and Investment Advisor. He has also appeared on the Weather Channel and been featured on Men’s Health Live and National Public Radio programs. Outside of the U.S., Ciccotello teaches a course in wealth management in Poland at the Poznan University of Economics and Business.

Prior to becoming the director of the Reiman School, Ciccotello held faculty positions at Georgia State University, the Pennsylvania State University and the US Air Force Academy. An undergraduate engineer (Lehigh University, 1981), Ciccotello has seven years of professional experience in project engineering and management. He currently serves as the lead independent director for the Tortoise/Ecofin Closed End Funds and as a senior consultant for Charles River Associates. 


  • PhD (1993), Finance, Pennsylvania State University
  • JD (1988), Law, Suffolk University, honors
  • MBA (1985), Business, St. Mary’s University
  • BS (1981), Materials Engineering, Lehigh University, highest honors


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