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About

In 2007 Columbia Business School launched the Private Equity Program, which serves as the School's primary point of contact with the private equity industry, unifying students, alumni, the Columbia community, and the business community into a single network.
The Program is dedicated to forging ever closer ties with the private equity industry by reinforcing the School's commitment to linking theory with practice and by engaging alumni who continue to lead the development of the private equity and venture capital industries worldwide.

Leadership

Donna M. Hitscherich
Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business, 
Finance and Economics

Director
, Private Equity Program

BS, St. John's University, 1981; JD, 1984; MBA, Columbia, 1990

Professor Hitscherich joined the School as an adjunct faculty member in 1992. She currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business for Finance and Economics and as Director of the Private Equity Program. Professor Hitscherich’s courses include Corporate Finance and the elective courses Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Advanced Corporate Finance. She teaches both in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Professor Hitscherich has been the recipient of the Executive MBA Commitment to Excellence Award from the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA graduating classes in each of 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 for her presentation of the Corporate Finance class. She was nominated for the Dean's Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum for her presentation of the Advanced Corporate Finance course in 2002. She has also served as a lecturer in law and accounting at Columbia Law School.

Prior to her present position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, holding positions at CS First Boston, JP Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. At JP Morgan, she was a founding member of the takeover defense team and a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the M&A fairness opinions issued. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm's fairness opinion committee and a major contributor to the firm's training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her investment banking career, Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.