First Cashman Business Honors Award Goes to Student from Virginia
August 13th, 2012 - Filed under: News
Leslie Parrish, of Fairfax, Va., a student majoring in marketing and economics, was named the first recipient of the University’s Dr. James Cashman Business Honors Award, established this year to honor the late professor of management.
Parrish, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Parrish, was also named an Austin scholar during UA’s Honors Day. Cashman, who died in December 2011, taught management at UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. He joined The University of Alabama in July 1975. He served as coordinator of the management program area, and for the 10 years prior to his death, he helped co-found and build the Business Honors Program within the business school. Dr. David J. Heggem, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the business school, said Parrish was an excellent choice for the Cashman award.
“I know Jim would be very pleased and proud of this young woman,” Heggem said. “She is an excellent student and exemplifies the scholarship and the concern for humanity that also characterized Dr. Cashman.”
Cashman was a nationally known expert on the automotive industry and was the lead consultant in the development of Saturn Corp.’s organizational development and design program. He was part of the six-person team that helped to develop Saturn from a concept to a reality. He frequently appeared for interviews on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace” and was often interviewed on regional and worldwide television.
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