An employee at the Gies College of Business, Scott Wiesbenner, died tragically abruptly. The loss of Scott has saddened the family and friends, who are now grieving and suffering. With Scott’s loved ones, our thoughts and prayers are with them.
His family will later announce the details of the funeral. At this time, there is no mention of the cause of death.
Following the acknowledgment of his passing, tributes and condolences are being posted online in his honor.
Professor of Mergers and Acquisitions Scott Weisbenner holds the William G. Karnes Chair. He began working there in 2000, first as an assistant professor of finance for seven years, then as an associate professor for four years, until being promoted to full professor in 2011. Weisbenner’s research focuses on the financial and operational decisions made by corporate CEOs and other institutional managers and household portfolio selections.
In addition to being awarded the best lecturer in the MBA, Executive MBA, and MSF programs, he has won numerous teaching accolades, including being included on the University of Illinois’ List of Teachers Rated as Excellent every year since 2002. His Coursera MOOCs have the highest user reviews of any Gies College of Business MOOC.
Weisbenner graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in economics and mathematics in 1995 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in economics in 1999.
His achievements include a Research Associate position at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which he has held since 2009. N/A, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, nominated by the College of Business for the Campus Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award and selected for the University of Illinois’ Excellent Teachers List from 2002 to 2018.
There is no information online about Scott’s earnings and net worth at the time of his passing.