Featuring guest speaker Robert G. Wilmers, chairman and chief executive officer of M&T Bank. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
The DeFrancis Lecture, presented by M&T Bank, brings to the Loyola University Maryland campus leaders in business who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and who are of interest to the academic, business, and civic communities.
Additionally, a DeFrancis Faculty Scholar is named who conducts and publishes high-quality research in a business discipline. Paul Tallon, Ph.D., associate professor of information systems and operations management, is the current scholar and will serve in this position for three years.
The lecture and scholar are named in memory of Frank J. DeFrancis, former member of Loyola University Maryland's Board of Trustees. Robert G. Wilmers is chairman and chief executive officer of M&T Bank Corporation and its principal subsidiary, M&T Bank. He has served in that position since May 1983, when M&T had assets of $2 billion. Today, M&T's assets total more than $81 billion. Mr. Wilmers graduated from Harvard College and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. After working in industry and banking in New York, he served in New York City government and then went on to work at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Mr. Wilmers received the 2005 American Banker Lifetime Achievement Award and was named Banker of the Year by American Banker in 2011. Mr. Wilmers serves on the board of directors of the Business Council of New York State Inc. He served as chairman of the New York State Bankers Association in 2002 and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1993 to 1998.