Washam appointed Dean of the Neil Griffin College of Business – Natural Self Esteem

Washam appointed Dean of the Neil Griffin College of Business


JONESBORO — Jim Washam has accepted the Neil Griffin Deanship to serve as director of the Neil Griffin College of Business at Arkansas State University, Provost Alan Utter announced today.

“I am delighted that Dr. Washam has agreed to become part of the academic affairs leadership team as our dean at Neil Griffin College of Business,” Utter said. “I have enjoyed working with Dr. Washam as interim dean. It is evident to me that he is well prepared to lead the college, to prioritize teaching and student success, to serve the Jonesboro community, and to serve the faculty at Griffin College. I look forward to working with Dr. Washam in his new role.”

The longtime Griffin College faculty member will officially begin on July 1, 2022 when he will be promoted from his current role as interim dean.

“I would like to thank the selection committee, the faculty of Griffin College, 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 search process,” Washam said. “I look forward to working with our distinguished faculty, staff and community to capitalize on the opportunities ahead. Together we will build a community of diverse learners, scholars and business people working in partnership to provide innovative solutions to problems facing our communities.”

“I am delighted that Dr. Washam has accepted our offer to be Dean of Griffin and I am particularly pleased that a ‘product of the programme’ is reaching the top position within Griffin College,” said Chancellor Kelly Damphousse. “He is one of the best in his academic field and I know he will use his years of experience within the college to advance A-State.”

During Washam’s public presentation, he emphasized the benefits of Griffin College having a tighter integration of its long-standing commitment to online degrees and its presence on the Queretaro campus in Mexico.

“We’ve always been a college that met our students where they are with programs designed to help them get ahead,” Washam said. “Caring for our students here in Jonesboro and Queretaro, as well as across the country, gives us the opportunity to build a unique, robust education that can open doors for all of our students across the country and around the world.”

Washam joined A-State in 1989 as a finance instructor and became an assistant professor in 1992. In 2000 he was promoted to associate professor of finance and holds the McAdams Frierson Professorship of Bank Management. His teaching interests include working capital management and financial risk management, and he is recognized as one of the top experts in treasury management in the country.

From 2000 to 2004 he served twice as Chairman, Accounting, Finance and Legal, then from 2004 to 2008 Economics and Finance. Since 2008, Washam has served as associate dean and serves as interim dean.

Washam is a frequent speaker at national conferences and conducts treasury management seminars across North America. His seminars have attracted participants 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 BS in finance from Arkansas State in 1986 and his Masters of Business Administration the following year, also from A-State. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in Finance in 1993 and holds professional certifications in Corporate Treasury 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, also both A-State graduates.

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