Professor Donna M. Hitscherich is currently Senior Lecturer in Finance, Director of the Private Equity Program and Bernstein Faculty Director at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Professor Hitscherich’s courses include corporate finance, as well as elective courses in business law, mergers and acquisitions, and advanced corporate finance.
In 2002, she was nominated for the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum for her presentation of the Advanced Corporate Finance course. She has also received the MBA Engagement Award for Excellence from Berkeley-Columbia EMBA Graduates in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and the EMBA-Americas Graduate Program Engagement Award for Excellence in 2014 and 2017.
Professor Hitscherich has also taught law and accounting at Columbia Law School. From 1988 to 1990, she was Assistant Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law, where she taught federal securities regulation and legal ethics.
Prior to her current position as a Senior Lecturer at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich worked in investment banking, including CS First Boston, JP Morgan & Co. Inc. and Bank of America Securities. At JP Morgan, she helped found the takeover defense team and was a senior member of the Review Advisory Committee, which was responsible for all merger and acquisition fairness opinions issued by the firm. As Managing Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Bank of America Securities, she served as Secretary to the firm’s Fairness Review Committee and was a key contributor to the firm’s training programs for Managing Directors and Partners.
Prior to her career in investment banking, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
In addition to an MBA from Columbia Business School, Professor Hitscherich earned a BS and a JD from St. John’s University.