James Cash

Dr. James Cash

Dr. Cash served on the Faculty of Harvard Business School (HBS) for twenty-seven years and the Boards of fifteen Fortune 100 companies, including Walmart, Microsoft, Chubb, General Electric, Sprint, Scientific Atlanta, and State Street Corp. He has served as an investor and on the boards of over thirty early-stage enterprise software companies including Veracode and Phase Forward. He is currently serving on the boards of AURA, WELL and The Boston Celtics.

Among the many non-profit organizations he has served are Mass General Hospital, The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Mass Computer Software Council, The Gardner Museum, Babson College, Partners HealthCare, The National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, Harlem Children’s Zone, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the Boston Museum of Science.

Under the umbrella of The Cash Catalyst LLC, Dr. Cash runs personal development programs for executives and board members of Global 500 organizations interested in the intersection of information technology and corporate strategy. He also currently serves as an advisor to General Catalyst Partners and Grain Management.

Dr. Cash graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.S. in Mathematics, while being named an Academic All-American in basketball. Later he received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University’s Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Accounting from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Among his honors and awards: Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; The Greenhill Award from HBS; Academic All-American Hall of Fame; Texas Sports Hall of Fame; Honorary Doctorate from Babson College; John McLendon Pioneer Award; John S. Day Award from Purdue’s Krannert School of Business; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; UNCF-NE Lifetime Achievement Award; his retired jersey number is painted in the rafters of Schollmaier Arena at TCU where he received an Honorary Doctorate and a statue was dedicated in November 2022; and in 2020 the Harvard Business School renamed one of its buildings the Cash House.


Oral History Interview with Dr. James Cash
Cash, James I.
Greensword, Sylviane
Gooding, Frederick W., Jr.
Dr. James Cash Interview Transcript

In this interview, Dr. James Cash discusses his early life in Cleburne and Fort Worth, Texas, and his experiences attending segregated schools in Fort Worth, as the first Black athlete at TCU and in the Southwestern Conference.

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