Washam Named Dean of College of Business at A-State | New

Jim Washam has accepted the Neil Griffin Deanship to lead the Neil Griffin College of Business at Arkansas State University, Provost Alan Utter announced.

“I am delighted that Dr. Washam has agreed to serve on the Academic Affairs leadership team as Dean of the Neil Griffin College of Business,” said Utter. “I have enjoyed working with Dr. Washam as Acting Dean over the past year. It is evident to me that he is well prepared to lead the college, prioritize teaching and student success, engage with the Jonesboro community, and champion the faculty of Griffin College. I look forward to working with Dr. Washam in his new role.

The longtime Griffin College faculty member officially begins on July 1, 2022, when he will be promoted to acting dean.

“I would like to thank the Search Committee, Griffin College faculty, Provost Utter, Chancellor Damphousse and President Welch for their confidence in me. I would also like to thank my wife Jana for her support and patience with me throughout the research process,” Washam said. “I look forward to working with our outstanding faculty, staff and community to seize the opportunities that are before us. Together, we will build a community of diverse learners, scholars, and business professionals working in partnership to provide innovative solutions to the problems faced by our communities.

“I am delighted that Dr. Washam has accepted our offer to become Dean of Griffin, and I am especially thrilled to see a ‘product of the program’ achieve No. 1 at Griffin College,” said Chancellor Kelly Damphousse. “He is one of the best people in his academic field, and I know he will use his long experience in college to move A-State forward.”

During Washam’s public presentation, he highlighted the benefits of Griffin College through closer integration of its longstanding involvement in online degrees and its presence on the Queretaro campus in Mexico.

“We’ve always been a college that has met its students where they are, with programs focused on helping them grow,” Washam said. “Serving our students here in Jonesboro and Queretaro, as well as across the country, gives us the opportunity to build a unique and strong education that can open doors for all of our students across the country and the world.”

Washam joined A-State as a finance instructor in 1989 and became an assistant professor in 1992. Promoted to associate professor of finance in 2000, Washam holds the McAdams Frierson Chair in Banking Management. His teaching specialties include working capital management and financial risk management, and he is considered one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of cash management.

Twice president, accounting, finance and law from 2000 to 2004, then economics and finance from 2004 to 2008. Since 2008, Washam has been associate dean and acting dean.

Washam is a frequent speaker at national conferences and conducts cash management seminars throughout North America. His seminars have drawn attendees from leading organizations including Hilton Hotels, JP Morgan Chase, Sprint, MasterCard International, Bank of Montreal, Metavante, Google, Harvard, Tiffany and Company, Columbia University, General Electric and NASCAR. Washam has also developed custom programs for organizations such as Scotiabank, Proctor & Gamble, Fidelity National Information Services, Verizon, eBay and the United Nations.

A member of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), Washam is also a member of the Financial Management Association (FMA), the Mid-South Association of Financial Professionals and the American Risk & Insurance Association (ARIA).

Washam received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arkansas State in 1986 and his Masters of Business Administration the following year, also from A-State. He obtained his doctorate. graduated from the University of Mississippi in finance in 1993 and holds professional certifications in corporate cash management (CTP) and corporate financial planning and analysis (FPAC). He is married to Jana Washam, an A-State graduate, and they have two adult children, Alex and Rachel, who are also A-State graduates.

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