Colin C. Blaydon

William and Josephine Buchanan Professor of Management; Director, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship; Dean Emeritus


DegreePhD, Harvard University, 1967; AM, Harvard University, 1966; BEE, University of Virginia, 1962

AREAS OF EXPERTISEVenture capital and private equity, entrepreneurship, energy finance, governance

Current Research Topics

  • Private equity best practices
  • Securities and deal structure
  • Private equity valuation and financial reporting
  • Private equity firm governance
  • Risk management
  • Best practices in board participation in portfolio companies

Selected Publications

  • With F. Wainwright, "Surprise! Valuation Guidelines Are Being Adopted," Venture Capital Journal, June 2005
  • With F. Wainwright, "PEIGG Is Real," Venture Capital Journal, June 2005
  • With F. Wainwright, "A Model Limited Partnership Agreement?", Venture Capital Journal, July 2004
  • With F. Wainwright, "The Stage is Set," Private Equity International, May 2004
  • With M. Horvath, "LPs Need to Trust General Partners in Setting Valuations," Venture Capital Journal, March 2003
  • With M. Horvath and F. Wainwright, "The Year of Valuation Guidelines," The Private Equity Annual Review, January 2003
  • With M. Horvath, "GPs Say Valuation Standard Is 'Important' But Can't Agree on One," Venture Capital Journal, October 2002
  • "Minding the Store: GPs Face Up to Corporate Governance Issues," Venture Capital Journal, July 2002
  • "What's a Company Worth? It Depends on Which GP You Ask," Venture Capital Journal, May 2002
  • "Liquidation Preferences: What You May Not Know," Venture Capital Journal, March 2002 

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 1983–present
  • Director, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, 1998–present, Interim Dean, 1994–95, Dean, 1983–90, Tuck School
  • Vice-Provost and Professor, Duke University, 1975–83
  • Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1969–73

Nonacademic positions

  • Executive Chairman, ITP Systems, 1991–93
  • Deputy Associate Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, 1973–75
  • Staff Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1966–69

Board memberships

  • Borealis Ventures
  • Council for Excellence in Government; DHM Arcadia Partners
  • Merrill Lynch Private Equity Partners
  • Business Intelligence Advisors, Inc.
  • Healthpoint LLC
  • Altus Capital Partners, Inc.

Editorial positions

  •  Advisory Board, The Journal of Private Equity