Carey Business School announces recent appointments

Director of Admissions, associate dean for academic affairs, and new professor of finance named

Kelly Farmer and Lasse Mertins

Image caption: Kelly Farmer and Lasse Mertins

Kelly Farmer joined the school in October as director of Admissions. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Stevenson University and has more than 15 years of experience in higher education admissions. Farmer served most recently as assistant vice president for undergraduate admissions at Stevenson, overseeing all aspects of recruitment and admissions activities for traditional undergraduates, including recruitment marketing and campus visit programming.

Lasse Mertins has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs. His responsibilities include working with faculty and staff on scheduling and coordinating courses, recruiting part-time faculty, and enhancing support of teaching and research. Mertins, a full-time faculty member in the practice track, joined Carey in 2014. He is an associate professor whose academic discipline is accounting.

Nagpurnanand Prabhala, an expert in empirical corporate finance and financial intermediation, has joined the full-time faculty as a professor in the research track. Prabhala comes to Carey from the University of Maryland, where he held an appointment as professor of finance and had served as the chair of the finance area since 2017. He received his PhD in finance from the New York University's Stern School of Business in 1994 and spent his early academic years at Yale University before joining the University of Maryland in 1999.

Prabhala's expertise is in the areas of corporate finance, financial intermediation, financial technology, and empirical methods in finance. His recent research focuses on the threats and opportunities posed by technology-driven intermediation, such as peer-to-peer lending and robo-advising.

He currently holds associate editor positions at Financial Management and the Journal of Financial Services Research.

His significant contributions to institution building beyond academia include serving from 2014 to 2016 as research head at the Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning, Reserve Bank of India, where he developed research capacity to serve the needs of India's central bank.

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