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Frank Ohara


Full-Time Faculty
Malloy Hall, Room 203


Frank Ohara is recognized for his dedication to teaching excellence by the School of Management as the eight-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Establishing the USF National Honor Society Chapter of the International Financial Management Association, Ohara continues to serve as faculty advisor for the organization today. With over fifteen years' financial management and administrative experience in the computer manufacturing and financial services industries, he brings extensive knowledge of corporate financial reporting and analysis - as well as financial case and statement analysis - to the classroom.

With unceasing dedication to developing the curriculum for USF's undergraduate business major in finance, Ohara seeks to acquire the latest knowledge on domestic and global financial markets and institutions - including government and nonprofit sectors - in an effort to ensure that students' coursework has them engaging with, and responding to, real world business trends, developments and shifts in the financial marketplace and global economy.

Ohara's wide-ranging academic research is currently focused on asset-based debt financing.


  • Department Chair, Finance, 2011–2021


  • Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida
  • J.D., Santa Clara University, CA
  • B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Awards & Distinctions

  • Recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award, USF, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 (2), 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019

  • Recipient, Honorary Professor Membership in the National Jesuit Honor Society (Alpha Sigma Nu), 2005

  • Member of the State Bar of California, 1991 - present

Selected Publications

  • Ohara, Frank, and Gonzales, John, (2022), Free Cash Flow Valuation: Pedagogical and Practical Implications, Journal of Financial Education, Spring 2022, Vol. 48, No. 1.

  • Ohara, F. and Mefford, R.N. (2022), "Corporate venturing strategy of emerging market multinational enterprises," Journal of Business Strategy.

  • Bruno, S., Chincarini, L., and Ohara, F. (2018), “Portfolio construction and crowding,” Journal of Empirical Finance, Vol. 47, pp. 190-206.