James Laird ’83, a BBA management graduate, joined Mays’ administration in July as the assistant dean for finance and administration. He took over for the retiring Diane Conway, who held the role for 14 years.

Laird joined Mays from Texas A&M’s College of Science, where for nearly 14 years he held a similar role in charge of the college’s finances in the non-academic assistant deanship. As Mays’ assistant dean, Laird serves as a liaison between faculty and staff needs and the university’s dynamic financial policies and procedures.

“It’s clear there’s a team approach amongst the departments and the deans in this school to be the very best they can be,” Laird said. “It’s a distinct honor to be a part of this school’s future.”