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Seay charged to lead personal financial planning department

Thursday, June 4, 2020

After a national search, Dean John Buckwalter has appointed Martin Seay, current K-State associate professor of personal financial planning, as the inaugural department head for the newly created Department of Personal Financial Planning.

“As the founding department head of the Department of Personal Financial Planning, Dr. Seay has the unique opportunity to set the foundation for the future of the department,” said Buckwalter. “As the current president the Financial Planning Association he has unusual insight into the future of the profession that will greatly benefit our students. I am confident in his ability to lead our nationally recognized personal financial planning program.”

Seay, Ph.D., CFP®, joined the K-State faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of personal financial planning, teaching both undergraduate and doctoral students.

His research focuses on borrowing decisions, how psychological characteristics shape financial behavior, and methodology in financial planning research. His work has been published in the Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Journal of Financial Planning, and Journal of Financial Therapy among others.

His research has been recognized by the 2014,2017, and 2019 FPA Annual Conference Best Applied Research Paper Awards, the 2016 CFP Board of Standards' ACCI Financial Planning Award, and the 2016 Montgomery-Warschauer Award, which is awarded by the Journal of Financial Planning for the paper that provided the most outstanding contribution to the betterment of the profession in the previous year. Additionally, he was awarded the Kenneth Tremblay Early Career Housing Award from the Housing Education and Research Association in 2016.

Seay currently serves as president for the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the largest membership organization for CFP® professionals in the country and includes many others who support the financial planning process. He also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Financial Therapy, and as a director for the Academy of Financial Services.

He received his Ph.D. in housing and consumer economics with an emphasis in family financial planning from the University of Georgia.

The Department of Personal Financial Planning at K-State strives to be world known for its research, education, service, and outreach in financial planning offering emphases in financial counseling and financial therapy. It has been consistently ranked as one of the top five undergraduate programs in the country. The department offers a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree along with several professional certificates.


This article was posted on Thursday, June 4, 2020, and is filed under College News, Personal Financial Planning.