Robert Forsythe

Robert Forsythe


Professor of Finance





Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Suite 429
Detroit, MI 48201

Robert Forsythe

Academic Programs

  • Finance


Financial markets, prediction markets, business education, educational-corporate partnerships


  • Ph.D., Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.S., Economics and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S., Quantitative Business Analysis, Pennsylvania State University


Bob Forsythe became dean of the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business on July 21, 2014.

Prior to his arrival at WSU, Forsythe was on the faculty of the College of Business at the University of South Florida, serving as dean from 2006-2012. Under his leadership, the business school at USF launched several innovative programs that enhanced student success and engagement at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Perhaps most notably, he established the Bulls Business Community, a living-learning residential program for top incoming freshmen pursuing a business degree. He also led the charge to restructure the M.B.A. program to make it more accessible to working professionals without sacrificing program quality or rigor.

In 1981, he joined the economics faculty at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he served as the Cedar Rapids Professor of Business and later as the senior associate dean and Hadley Professor of Leadership. While in Iowa, he cofounded the Iowa Electronics Market, a futures market for online trading in contracts on political and economic events.