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Jim Washam To Lead A-State’s Business School

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Jim Washam has been named dean of the Neil Griffin College of Business at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, effective July 1.

The longtime Griffin College faculty member had been serving as interim dean.

Washam joined A-State as an instructor of finance in 1989 and became an assistant professor in 1992.  Promoted to associate professor of finance in 2000, he  holds the McAdams Frierson Professorship of Bank Management. 

His teaching specialties include working capital management and financial risk management, and Washam has been considered one of the nation’s top experts in the area of treasury management, the university said.

He served as a chair of the Accounting, Finance and Law Department from 2000-04, then as chair of the Economics and Finance Department from 2004-08.  Since 2008, Washam has been associate dean as well.

He also has developed customized programs for Scotiabank, Proctor & Gamble, Fidelity National Information Services, Verizon, eBay and the United Nations.

Washam is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals  Financial Management Association, Mid-South Association of Financial Professionals and American Risk & Insurance Association.

He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from A-State in 1986, and his MBA the following year, also from A-State. He earned his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Mississippi in 1993 and holds professional certifications in corporate treasury management and corporate financial planning and analysis.

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