Financial Adviser Jeanie Knigin to Visit Bison Hill

Oklahoma Baptist University will host Jeanie Knigin, first vice president of investments at Salomon Smith Barney, as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Oct. 5-9, 2009. The program's membership consists of prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals.

Knigin will present a lecture related to economics and investments Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in OBU's Bailey Business Center. The public is invited to attend this free event.

In her role at Salomon Smith Barney, Knigin provides professional investment management to high net-worth individuals, endowments and foundations. Her experience includes advising clients on domestic and international equities, taxable and tax-free fixed income and cash management. Specifically, she focuses on providing advice on asset allocation strategies and evaluation, selection and monitoring of investment management firms.

Knigin is a member of the Financial Women's Association of New York, the Women's Economic Roundtable, and the International Association of Financial Planners. She has appeared on The Today Show, CNBC and NBC Nightly News, discussing events in the financial markets.

"This is a superb opportunity for students interested in careers in finance," said Dr. Ben Myers, associate professor of English and OBU's coordinator for the Woodrow Wilson program. "Ms. Knigin's visit is a great opportunity for students to gain perspective on careers in investments. To borrow a phrase from a chapel series done a few years ago, it's a great chance to glimpse life ‘beyond the Hill.'"

Knigin will be presenting a lecture titled, "Market Volatility and the Long Term Investor" as well as addressing eight different classes while on OBU's campus.

"As students think about what new financial realities mean for careers in business, this lecture will offer valuable insight," Myers said. "While no one is pleased with the recent economic troubles, we are very pleased with the timing of Ms. Knigin's visit."

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program brings professionals to campuses across the United States for week-long residencies of teaching and dialogue with students and faculty members.

"The purpose of the Woodrow Wilson program is to bring together academe and the professional world, so that students can be better prepared for life beyond college," Myers said.