Ashford University Leadership
Senior Vice President of Finance
Jim Smith joined Ashford University as Vice President of Finance in February 2014. In this role, Mr. Smith is responsible for managing the annual budget process, overseeing the quarterly forecasting process, and performing monthly and quarterly variance analyses and reports in support of Ashford’s objectives.
Mr. Smith brings to Ashford more than 18 years of experience in finance. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Finance for Bridgepoint Education. Previously, he held several financial roles at Dresser Wayne and Wayne, GE Energy, both in the United States and in England. He also worked in the finance departments at Dell and Qualcomm.
Mr. Smith earned his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Chelsea’s Light Foundation.