Golden Gate University (GGU) has announced that noted financial planner Dr. Dave Yeske, CFP® will become the Program Director for its Financial Planning program effective May 1, 2015.Dr_Dave_Yeske

Dr. Yeske has built a reputation as one of the most respected practitioners, academics and authors in the financial planning profession. A financial planner since 1990, Dr. Yeske holds a doctorate in finance from GGU and an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.  He is often quoted in national media and has appeared on CBS, CNBC, CNN and NBC News.

“Dr. Yeske’s expert knowledge of Financial Planning combined with his over 20 years of adjunct faculty experience at GGU made him the perfect candidate to lead the program,” said Stevenson Hawkey, the former Program Director for the Financial Planning program and a professor at GGU.

With its 35-year history, GGU’s Financial Planning program is the oldest financial planning degree program in the country. Dr. Robert Bohn, the program’s director during the 1980s and 1990s, was also co-founder of the Academy of Financial Services (AFS), a professional association devoted to fostering basic and applied research in financial planning. GGU’s financial planning program is designed for students who aspire to become financial planners, investment advisers or money managers and can be completed both on-campus or fully online. GGU’s degree program is registered with CFP Board and graduates qualify to sit for the CFP® certification exam.  GGU was one of the first five universities in the country to become registered with CFP Board in 1986.

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Yeske head up our Financial Planning Program,” said Ageno School of Business Dean Paul Fouts. “His passion for financial planning extends to his work with clients, GGU and the financial planning community. Dr. Yeske’s insight into all of these areas brings a rich dynamic to his teaching and vision for the program.”

Dr. Yeske is a principal of Yeske Buie, a wealth management firm with offices in San Francisco and Vienna, VA, and is a long-time leader in the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the profession. He served as Chair of FPA PAC in 2005 and 2006, and chaired FPA’s Research Center Team and its Academic Advisory Council from 2007 to 2012.  Dr. Yeske received FPA’s Heart of Financial Planning award in 2012. He is also a long-time mentor in FPA’s residency program. In addition to his work in FPA, Dr. Yeske was recently appointed practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning.