HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 7, 2016 – High Point University welcomes two new faculty members to the Earl N. Phillips School of Business. This fall, 49 new faculty are joining the university.

Lillian Watson, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Business Communications

Watson, a licensed attorney who practiced business law for many years, will serve as director of business communications for the school. She will teach business communications and business law courses.

“As a legal professional, I was often called upon to deal with business issues and conflicts that could be traced back to ineffective communication,” says Watson. “I hope to get students excited about developing the exceptional communication skills that will be critical to their professional and personal success, especially in the fast paced mobile and competitive global world they face.”

She practiced business law in Greensboro for 20 years as an associate, partner and counsel. She also has been teaching business law and communication courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for eight years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in history as well as a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University. During law school, she served as articles editor for the Wake Forest Law Review.

Watson is a contributing author to the North Carolina Bankruptcy Manual and has peer reviewed for the Journal of Legal Studies in Business and for the Association for Business Communication, 2016 Annual Conference Proceedings.

Thomas James, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Finance

James teaches financial management and serves as co-advisor to the Floyd T. Craven Investment Club. He has also been appointed to the school’s Assurance of Learning Committee.

“My focus is preparing students to use key aspects of finance upon graduation,” says James. “Having years of experience in both corporate finance and private wealth management, I try to illustrate textbook concepts with real world applications so that students will be better able to apply finance in their careers and personal lives.”

He began his professional career as a financial analyst with General Foods Corporation, followed by corporate finance positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he was director of financial analysis and director of strategic planning. At Sealy Inc., he held positions as vice president of planning and development, vice president of business development, and vice president of international administration, mergers and acquisitions. In 2005, James started his own financial consulting business while simultaneously working as a senior wealth advisor for Atlanta Capital Group LLC. He also has served as an adjunct instructor at HPU.

James holds Series 6, 22, 62, 63 and 65 securities licenses. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance and industrial management from the University of Richmond and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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