SMU’s 2012 Common Reading discussion continues at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, with the first Gartner Honors Lecture of the academic year.
“The Financial Crisis of The Big Short: An Investor’s Perspective” features University alumnus John Phelan, co-founder and co-managing partner of MSD Capital, L.P. The event will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public.
Phelan co-founded MSD Capital in 1998 to manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. (Dell is chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., the computer and IT company he founded in 1984 at the age of 19.) Phelan graduated cum laude with distinction from SMU in 1986 with B.A. degrees in economics and political science, as well as membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1990 and holds a General Course degree with an emphasis in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics.
A trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Aspen Art Museum and the Whitney Museum, Phelan also serves on the Investment Committee for the SMU Endowment. In addition, he serves on the North American Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and the Harvard Business School – Board of Deans Advisors.