Antonio Bernardo, an award-winning teacher and respected scholar who has taught at UCLA for 25 years, has been named the new dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, effective July 1.
Bernardo, who holds the Joel Fried Chair in Applied Finance at UCLA Anderson and previously held the Robert D. Beyer Term Chair in Management, began his academic career at UCLA Anderson, and has been a member of the finance faculty since 1994. He has a long history as an active and engaged member of Anderson’s faculty and its administration, having served as department chair and senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2006 to 2009, and finance area chair from 2013 to 2015 and again in 2019.
“I began my academic career at Anderson 25 years ago, and my children have grown up on this campus,” said Bernardo, who is an award-winning teacher and respected scholar in the areas of corporate finance, information in financial markets and asset valuation. “I am honored to now have this opportunity to give back to the institution that has allowed me to make the most of my potential, and been such an important community of support for me and my family.”
Bernardo, who received his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Western Ontario and a doctorate in economics from Stanford University, has published numerous articles in leading finance, economics and law journals, and has served as associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Research, Critical Finance Review and Financial Management. He is also the recipient of numerous leadership and teaching awards, including the LaForce Award for Outstanding Leadership, the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Doctoral Program, the George W. Robbins Award for Teaching Excellence, the Citibank Award for Teaching Excellence, the Neidorf “Decade” Teaching Award and six Anderson class teaching awards.
“Chancellor Block and I are confident that the UCLA Anderson School of Management will continue to thrive under Tony’s capable leadership,” said Scott Waugh, executive vice chancellor and provost, in an announcement to campus. “Please join me in congratulating him and welcoming him to this new role.”
In addition to teaching at UCLA, Bernardo has also taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and the India School of Business in Hyderabad. He has held a visiting appointment at the University of Chicago.
Bernardo has served on UCLA Anderson committees including the workgroup on accounting, finance and budgeting; Anderson 2016 strategic planning committee; gender equity committee; teaching improvement committee; and the staffing committee. During his term as senior associate dean, he co-led major strategic initiatives including a significant hiring effort that drove improvements in both the strength and diversity of Anderson’s faculty, and its pay equity. He also helped to launch the school’s Master of Financial Engineering program in 2009.
“I believe deeply in our research and teaching mission and I am extremely proud to be a part of one of the world’s great public universities, tackling society’s most-vexing problems,” Bernardo said. “I look forward to leading the Anderson community as we engage that mission with a spirit of collaboration, innovation and purpose.”
Bernardo will succeed Al Osborne, who has served as interim dean during the past year.