Jim Wansley is the Director of the Aerospace & Defense MBA Program, where he has served as the lead finance faculty member since the program’s inception in 2004. He was formerly head of the Finance Department in the Haslam College of Business from 1995-2016. During this time he held the position of Clayton Homes Chair of Excellence in Finance. He previously served on the finance faculty at Louisiana State University. Jim earned a BA degree from Emory University, an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia, and the Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Jim is the author of more than two dozen publications and research papers that have appeared in journals including the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Financial Management, The Financial Review, Journal of Financial Research, and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. Jim is a Veteran and served as an infantry platoon leader in the Army from 1970-1973, the last two years with the 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood, Texas. Jim holds the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) designation and was on the board of directors of BankEast where he chaired their Asset-Liability Committee.