The George G. Kaufman Center for Financial and Policy Studies will propel the debate on current financial services policy issues and build on George Kaufman’s work to understand the role of the banking/financial sector in promoting economic growth and financial stability.
The late George G. Kaufman, PhD, was one of the world's leading experts on banking, a prolific researcher, and the highly regarded John F. Smith Professor of Economics and Finance at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. Kaufman established the center and was its director for more than 20 years. In August 2022, the center was renamed in Kaufman's honor thanks to a $1.25 million gift from Mimi Winter.
The Kaufman Center has named Douglas Evanoff, former vice president and senior financial economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as its first director.
The center's objectives are four-fold:
- To bring nationally recognized experts in banking and financial services from the academic, practitioner and policy-making communities to the Loyola campus to interact with students and faculty and to sponsor symposiums for faculty, students, the banking community, and the general public.
- To improve the quality of courses on banking and financial services in the Loyola undergraduate business and MBA curricula.
- To promote research in banking and financial services by the Loyola faculty and disseminate results through a working papers series.
- To provide a mechanism for fostering interaction between students, faculty, and the Illinois banking community.