Dr. Thornton blends real world experience with rigorous academic research. His academic research interests include the effect of managerial incentives on firms' risk management decisions, corporate finance issues in Korea, and financial institution issues. His research has appeared in Journal of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Global Finance Journal, Financial Services Review, Journal of Multinational Financial Management and Journal of Investing.
Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Thornton worked for 18 years for Georgia Federal Bank, FSB. He performed several functions for the bank including Mortgage Loan Office, Director of Systems and Procedures, and Assistant to the President. His final position was Senior Vice President in charge of Product Development and Research.
Prior to entering banking Dr. Thornton served 4 years as an officer in the US Navy. He served on the USS Trepang SSN 674, a fast attack nuclear submarine. He was qualified as Officer of the Deck, Engineering Officer of the Watch and Diving Officer. His duties included Reactor Control and Engineering Officer and Communications Officer.