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Colin C. Blaydon

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





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

Areas of Expertise

Venture capital and private equity, entrepreneurship, energy finance, governance


As director of Tuck’s Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, Professor Blaydon works with real-world issues of best practices, securities and deal structure, valuation, financial reporting, and governance. He was previously the dean of Tuck, and now teaches the course Private Equity Finance.

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

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

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