Chad Zipfel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Chad was an adjunct professor in Spring 2018.


He joins Fisher with more than a decade of progressive finance leadership experience in the Corporate space. Most recently as Senior Director, he led the turnaround of The Oneida Group out of bankruptcy: rebuilding a new Finance organization, reducing inventory, enacting price increases, and refinancing the Company’s term loan and ABL revolver. Prior to that, Chad worked at L Brands and Procter & Gamble for close to 10 years, in various capacities and locations: ranging from Corporate Finance to Plant Controller to Customer Team Finance Leader.


Outside of the classroom, Chad is supporting the start-up of the Honors Finance program, is an active member on the Honors Cohort Advisory Council, and is a STEP Faculty Mentor. Prior to that, Chad served as Board Chair at 4 Paws for Ability, a leading service dog non-profit.


Chad received his BSBA in Finance with Honors, graduating summa cum laude from Fisher. He now resides in Westerville, OH with his wife and two boys.


  • BUSFIN 4211 - Corporate Finance

    Analysis of advanced capital budgeting problems through understanding the theories and applications of capital structure, leasing and real options. Theories and applications in corporate control, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Prereq: 3220 (620), AcctMIS 2200, 2300, BusMgt 2320 (330), 2321 (331), and BusMHR 2291 or 2292 (BusAdm 499.01) Not open to students with credit for 721, 4210 or 4212.

  • BUSFIN 4255 - International Finance

    The goal is to provide a framework for making financial decisions in an international context. The course is divided into three sections: 1) the international financial environment, 2) international investment analysis, and 3) international corporate finance. Students will be exposed to a broad range of topics, including some of the latest developments in global financial markets. Prereq or concur: 4211 and 4221.

  • BUSFIN 3220 - Business Finance

    Introductory finance class which allows students develop the skills to understand how financial managers make value-maximizing decisions for their firms. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200), and 2002.01 (201), and AcctMIS 2200 (211). Prereq or concur: AcctMIS 2300. Not open to students with credit for 620, or to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp or PreBSBA-PR.

  • BUSFIN 4219 - Advanced Corporate Finance

    This course is a capstone undergraduate elective in the area of Corporate Finance. The course helps students bridge the gap between the theory of finance, covered in other courses, and the reality of decision-making as a financial manager through the use of real-world case studies. Students learn to analyze real-world problems and provide recommendations to a best course of action. Prereq: 4211, 4221, and BusMHR 2291 or 2292. Not open to students with credit for or currently enrolled in 4229 or 4239.