H. Dene Heskett Chair in Finance and Chair, Department of Finance Real Estate & Descision Sciences
Wichita State University
Rick LeCompte is the H. Dene Heskett Chair in Finance at Wichita State University and serves as the Chair of the Finance, Real Estate and Decision Sciences Department. Dr. LeCompte has been at WSU since 1989. He earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He received undergraduate and master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Prior to moving to Wichita, he held faculty positions at Texas Christian University and the University of Florida. His primary teaching interest are investment courses, but he also teaches corporate finance, personal finance and financial institutions management. He has also been teaching corporate finance courses in Pau, France over the last few years.
His research interests and expertise are in financial institution management, organizational structure and efficiency, mergers and acquisitions, and public policy issues concerning financial institutions. While at Wichita State, he has received awards for excellence in both teaching and research, and in 2009, he was honored with the Wichita State University Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2009 Federation of Business Disciplines’ Outstanding Educator Award. For the last decade, he has been serving as the subject matter expert on investments and retirement planning on the Kansas Board of Regents Retirement Planning Committee and is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Campus Credit Union. He was a co-founder and served as the Director of WSU’s Professional Financial Planning program.