Professor Nist is the Director of Graduate Studies and Donahue Chair in Investment Management in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. As Director of Graduate Studies, Mr. Nist manages an evolving portfolio of graduate business programs including MBA, Accountancy and Information Systems courses of study. Continuing a fifty year legacy of innovation, the programs integrate sustainable business practices, professional competency and experiential learning into a classroom setting that reaches around the world for both students and learning opportunities.
As Donahue Chair in Investment Management, Mr. Nist is building a nationally recognized program in investment management at Duquesne University. Leveraging an excellent academic and research base, his work includes operating an investment fund with student-portfolio managers, advising the student Finance and Investment Management Association, and managing outreach and visibility with the corporate and professional investment community. Professor Nist teaches courses in corporate finance and commercial banking.
Professor Nist spent thirty years in commercial banking before joining the Duquesne faculty. His last assignment was Senior Vice President and Small Business Segment Manager in PNC Bank's Business Banking Division. He also worked in Corporate Banking in a variety of leadership roles.
Mr. Nist, a Certified Treasury Professional, currently serves as Vice-Chairman and Audit Committee Chair of the Board of Directors of River City Brass, a member of the Marketing Advisory Committee to Lifesteps, a member of the Duquesne University Retirement Committee and an advisor to the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone.
Mr. Nist earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Duquesne University and his MBA at Arizona State University.
Professor Nist has done work in a variety of areas that connect his banking and finance background to key leadership issues:
- He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People Setting Global Trends in Cash Management by the Institute of Financial Operations for his work in integrating matters of responsible financial management practices, corporate governance and ethics into classroom lectures and student project work.
- He is an active participant in numerous professional associations in western Pennsylvania including the Association of Finance Professionals, the Economic Club of Pittsburgh, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Association for Corporate Growth, the Greater Pittsburgh Compliance Roundtable and the KPMG Audit Committee Roundtable.
- As director of responsible financial management in the Beard Institute, he has developed and hosted conferences and panel discussions addressing topics as diverse as Ethics, Regulation and Risk Management , Drivers of the Financial Meltdown, Economic Recovery: Will We Know It When We See It? and G-20 Summit: Changing the World of Business. He is also on the leadership team for the annual Beard Institute Sustainability Symposium.
- His work with students and the CFA Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania to develop Financial Literacy programs for high school students has been delivered across the region and addresses many topics related to the complexities that face young people as they gain their financial independence.
- He authored a case study in carbon emissions regulation that considers future environmental policy activities and their implications on the finance and risk management functions in the private sector.
- He serves as an industry and media consultant on financial services matters and is frequently quoted on issues related to regulatory reform and public interest.