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Sanford Leeds

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Department:     Finance

Sanford Leeds Headshot
Sanford Leeds Headshot

Sandy Leeds is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and President of The MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses, including Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance, Investments, and Portfolio Management / Security Analysis. He is a member of the Texas State Bar and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Prior to joining the faculty, Sandy managed money for a private management firm. He was one of four portfolio managers responsible for approximately $1.6 billion of assets. He spent the majority of his time analyzing publicly traded companies. He also has extensive experience implementing option strategies. In addition to money management experience, Sandy also has significant legal experience. He has conducted approximately 100 jury trials and 100 bench trials. He has participated in the regulation of the securities industry, conducting the hearing against most of the principals involved in the Sterling Foster case (a $75 million fraud). He has also advised attorneys on financial related litigation involving options, hedge funds, and other matters.

Sandy Leeds is an experienced executive education teacher. At the McCombs School of Business, he teaches in the Executive MBA program in Houston, as well as in international general management programs. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Joe D. Beasley Teaching Award (a school-wide award for teaching in the graduate program), the CBA Foundation Advisory Council Award for Teaching Innovation (also a school-side award) and the “Outstanding MBA Professor Award” (selected by the students in multiple years in the full-time MBA program, the Evening MBA program and the Dallas MBA program). In 2015, he was selected to be part of the Provost's Teaching Fellow Program.

Outside of the University, Sandy gives several presentations each year about the economy.​ In the local community, he serves as Vice-Chair of the Girls' School of Austin Board of Trustees. In addition, he recently finished a three year term on the Investment Committee of The Austin Community Foundation (helping to manage $100 million in assets).