Alumni Profile : David Baggs

Alumni David BaggsDavid Baggs is vice president of capital markets and investor relations at CSX Corporation, directing every aspect of the company’s capital structure and interaction with shareholders, bondholders, rating agencies, and the investment and commercial banking community.

Under David’s leadership, CSX’s investor relations program has been ranked among the best by Institutional Investor Magazine the past four years. He also directs the company’s capital markets activities associated with nearly $10 billion of publically-traded debt.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arizona in 1981 and a MBA from The College of William and Mary in 1985. Born and raised on the east coast, he found attending UA an opportunity to experience a totally different part of the country – its people, its culture, and its lifestyle.

At UA, David considered majoring in architecture. Though business won out, his passion for designing and building remained.  He has designed four homes where his family has lived and he is currently working on a fifth.  

David is active in numerous associations and boards, including the National Investor Relations Institute, the Association for Financial Professionals, the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (North Florida) and the Finance Advisory Board here at Eller.

David offers this advice to graduates, “People will always tell you to give your best at what you do.  But in today’s world, that’s the price of admission.  How you work with people, how you communicate and influence others, how you make others feel in your presence . . . in short, how you lead . . .will be the biggest differentiator for you in your job search, your career and your contribution to your company and to society in general.”

On giving back to UA and the Finance Department, David added, “My career success to a large degree is due to the education and experience I gained while attending the University of Arizona.  As such, it is important to me to give back to the institution that started my career in business.  In doing so, I also feel that I am helping the next generation of Eller graduates.”