About Dean Gropper


Daniel M. Gropper, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Business
Florida Atlantic University

Dean Dan Gropper standing portrait Dan Gropper is the Dean of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Florida State University, he joined FAU after 25 years at Auburn University, where he was the Luck Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs. During his time leading Auburn’s MBA programs, they grew in both quantity and quality, adding several new options and breaking into the rankings for the first time, becoming recognized by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and the Financial Times. Before joining academia, he worked on telephone deregulation issues for the Florida Public Service Commission and then in the private sector for several years in the consulting firm of ERS Group.

At FAU, he leads one of the top-20 largest AACSB-accredited business schools in the United States, with over 8000 students across three campuses, and several programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Gropper’s educational philosophy is that while business students need to know the most current technical skills in their area of specialization, they also need a broad education in the sciences and liberal arts so that they can think critically, communicate effectively, and be prepared to learn new skills as their careers progress.

Dean Gropper laughing while presenting at BLOY event Dr. Gropper has been recognized with several awards for his contributions in teaching, research and leadership, including being honored as Luck Professor Emeritus by Auburn upon his departure. He is a member of several honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, and he was a Richard Weaver Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. His research on how government regulation, technology, and other factors affect financial institution performance has been published the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. His work on education issues has appeared in the Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Financial Education and the Academy of Management Learning and Education. His research has been cited more than a thousand times by scholars around the world; he has also been quoted in such popular publications as The Economist and U.S. News & World Report, and has been highlighted by the London School of Economics and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Gropper’s business philosophy focuses on the primacy of a free enterprise economic system for several reasons; first and foremost, the moral superiority of a system that is based on voluntary exchange and personal freedom; second, the key technical role of prices in providing information and signals that are only generated in competitive markets; and third, because the overwhelming weight of evidence demonstrates that on average, individuals live longer, healthier, wealthier and happier lives in more economically free countries all around the world.

Dean Gropper fishing picture - Florida Snook

Dr. Gropper serves on the Advisory Board for Comerica Bank in Palm Beach County, and on the Ft. Lauderdale Chamber Council of Economic Advisors, which he chaired in 2016.

In his free time, Dan is an enthusiastic golfer and fisherman.


Some of Dean Gropper's Publications:

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Daniel M. Gropper,
John S. Jahera Jr,
Jung Chul Park

published in the Journal of Banking and Finance

Dean Gropper's Publication - Which Microfinance Institutions Are Becoming More Cost Effective with Time - published in the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking (icon)

Stephen B. Caudill,
Daniel M. Gropper,
Valentina Hartarska

published in the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking

Icon Dean Gropper Cato Journal Freedom

Daniel M. Gropper,
Robert A. Lawson,
Jere T. Thorne Jr.

published in the Cato Journal

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Alexander Kondeas,
Steven B. Caudill,
Daniel M. Gropper,
Jennie E. Raymond

published in Applied Financial Economics Letters