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Thanh (Tim) Nguyen

Lecturer & Service Track Coordinator for Outdoor Industry MBA


Doctor of Business Administration, The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University
Master in Law, The Penn Carey School of Law at the University of Pennsylvania
Master of Business Administration, The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Master of Public Administration, Columbia University
Master of Arts, Brown University
Master of Arts, Yale University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Houston


Professor Thanh Nguyen has had a long and distinguished career on Wall Street and has more than 26 years of experience in finance and executive management. He has held multiple board seats on various for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. He currently is on the board of the UAFRS (Uniform Adjusted Financial Reporting Standards) Council. UAFRS is an alternative set of standards for reviewing and analyzing financial statements aimed at creating more reliable and comparable reports of corporate financial activity.

In 2016, he served as the Chief Investment Officer of the State of Rhode Island. Prior to joining this public fund, he worked at two other large not-for-profit institutions—the University of Connecticut Foundation and the Texas Treasury. He currently serves as the Research Coordinator for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Initiative System nestled at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital located in Boston, MA (which is one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the United States and is the official teaching partner of the Harvard Medical School).

What most excites you about your field?

I have always had a fascination for the public and nonprofit sector. Not only from an academic perspective but I also had the pleasure of working as an executive in these domains. I believe that entrepreneurial activities and energies could be harnessed in these areas and not just in the often traditionally viewed technology and for-profit space. As such, one of my graduate degree centers around economic development (focusing on domestic and international domains) as I am keen on how rural/mountain communities economically flourish and commercially thrive given the inherent geographical isolation and their weak capacity to agglomerate in order to promote knowledge, capital, technology, and social transfers.

Courses taught 

  • MBA 690: The Bridge Course
  • MBA 603: Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 602: Managerial Finance
  • MBA 600: Sustainability Accounting

External Professional Affiliations


  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The University of Chicago
  • Wesleyan University
  • University of Vermont
  • Colorado College
  • Middlebury College

Doctoral Fellowship:

Professor Thanh Nguyen is the Legal Humanities Fellow at the Collegium Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctor of Management Fellow of Nonprofit Management, and a Doctor of Management Fowler Fellow for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University.

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