Michael Harper

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor



Michael D. Harper joined Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business in 2005.

Michael is Managing Director and owner of Oak Circle Asset Management, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. He is the lead portfolio manager for individual accounts and for Oak Circle Fund, L.P., a private investment hedge fund. 

In addition to teaching at Loyola Michael has also taught finance courses at DePaul University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to founding Oak Circle Asset Management, Michael was Corporate Treasurer of Velsicol Chemical Corporation. Before Velsicol, he was employed by International Minerals and Chemical Corp. where he was Director of Business Development and Planning and also held various marketing positions.


  • MBA, Finance, Cornell University, 1972
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, 1969

Professional & Community Affiliations

 Rotary Club of Wilmette, past president

Courses Taught

  • FINC 301 – Introductory Business Finance 
  • FINC 335 - Investments
  • FINC 345 – Portfolio Management
  • FINC 452 – Investment Management