Shane Goodwin, PhD

Shane Goodwin, PhD

Dr. Shane Goodwin is the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education and serves as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Finance at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Dr. Goodwin leads The Applied Corporate Governance Institute at The Center for Global Enterprise, an organization that advises companies to understand, engage, and succeed with their investors in complex and contested shareholder matters. Most recently, Dr. Goodwin was a Senior Fellow and Project Director at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy at Columbia University, a research institute established by Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School, served as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and as a Postdoctoral Fellow of Business Economics at Harvard Business School. His research is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism.

Dr. Goodwin has 25 years of strategic advisory, M&A and corporate finance experience at:

  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Citigroup
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

Most recently, he was a Managing Director and the Head of Investment Banking for the Southwest U.S. at Wells Fargo Securities. He has advised on over 100 M&A assignments totaling over $50 billion in transaction value, including sell-side and buy-side transactions, anti-raid, takeover and activism defenses, cross-border M&A and restructuring advisory assignments. Additionally, he has executed over 100 public and private debt and equity investments totaling over $40 billion and has extensive private equity and corporate restructuring experience. Dr. Goodwin is the Chairman of Argus Capital Partners, serves on the Associate Board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and is an active member of the CFA Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Dr. Goodwin was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business Economics at Harvard Business School to conduct M&A and corporate governance research. He earned an PhD in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, with a focus in finance. His dissertation, “Corporate Governance and Hedge Fund Activism”, was cited by several journals and news agencies, including Bloomberg and was used to create a proprietary trading index (Goodwin Chakraborty Activist Index™). Dr. Goodwin holds an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and attended The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He graduated cum laude with a BSBA from the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa and was recipient of the Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior Award.

Dr. Goodwin was a three-year letterman in football, earning All-American Scholar and Student-Athlete of the Year awards and was drafted by Winnipeg Blue Bombers of Canadian Football League. Dr. Goodwin received the Outstanding Alumni Award and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at The University of Tulsa and the Saskatchewan Sport’s Hall of Fame, as a member of the Canadian Junior Football League National Championship team.