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James Cash

March 23, 2012

  • First African-American to play basketball in the Southwest Conference
  • In 1965, became the first African-American to sign a basketball athletic letter-of-intent in the Southwest Conference at  Texas Christian University  

James Cash is an Emeritus James E. Robison Professor and Senior Associate Dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS), where he first joined the faculty in 1976 and retired in 2003. He taught in all the major HBS programs, and served as chairman of Baker Library, chairman of the MBA program and chairman of the Harvard Business School Publishing Company at various times during his tenure at the institution.

In 1965, Cash became the first African-American to sign an athletics letter-of-intent (basketball) in the Southwest Conference at Texas Christian University (TCU). He graduated from TCU with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, while being named an Academic All-American in basketball. Later, he received a master of science in computer science from Purdue’s Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences; and a doctor of philosophy in management information systems and accounting from Purdue’s Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Under the umbrella of The Cash Catalyst, LLC, Cash runs personal development programs for executives in Global 500 organizations: The Executive and Board Symposium, The Cash CIO Forum and The Cash IT Leadership Development Program. His work and research is focused on the strategic use of information technology in the service sector. Among his publications are articles in accounting and information technology journals and several Harvard Business Review articles.

In 2011, his basketball number was honored at TCU and he was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Cash currently participates on a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards, including General Electric, Wal-Mart, Chubb, The Boston Celtics, The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.