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A-State College of Business Establishes Treasury Management Program


JONESBORO – The Arkansas State University College of Business has established a Center for Treasury Management that will deliver exceptional educational opportunities to students majoring in corporate treasury management. The treasury management curriculum will emphasize the management of firms’ global cash holdings, financial institution relationships, forecasting and financial planning.

The program is expected to attract more students to A-State and strengthen relationships between the university and industry. An advisory board of financial executives from across the country will provide input on curriculum design and serve as guest lecturers for the program.

“I am proud to announce the launch of our Center for Treasury Management here in the A-State College of Business,” said Dr. Shane Hunt, dean. “This unique center of excellence will be one of the premier programs in the world in the areas of treasury, cash management, financial planning and analysis.”

Hunt said Dr. Jim Washam, associate dean, and Dr. Matthew Hill, assistant professor of finance, will oversee the program. Both agree that study of daily cash and treasury management is underserved in a university curriculum. In addition to teaching classes and conducting research, the pair provides corporate training and has been selected as editors for the fifth edition of “Essentials of Treasury Management.” “Essentials of Treasury Management” is published by the Association for Financial Professionals and serves as the body of knowledge for the Certified Treasury Professional exam.

“Dr. Washam and Dr. Hill are not only outstanding professors, they are two of the leading experts in the world in the area of treasury management,” Hunt continued. “Their advice and counsel are sought out by organizations across the globe and it is a tremendous opportunity for our A-State College of Business students to learn from their expertise.”

The dean also referred to feedback from alumni and professional colleagues that universities are not teaching the treasury and cash management skills needed by global organizations.

“We have designed a program and curriculum around our faculty expertise to fill this skills gap,” Hunt added. “The success of our students in this area has been tremendous with A-State College of Business graduates serving in leading treasury roles in prominent global organizations such as Wal-Mart and eBay.”

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