The Securities and Exchange Commission recently named Houston businessman Robert Watson in a securities fraud civil lawsuit. In a May 26 press release from the SEC and in other media coverage, Watson was misidentified as an executive professor of finance at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. Watson resigned from his position effective April 30, 2009 citing family reasons.

An executive professor is an industry professional that is hired on an adjunct basis to teach a course within their area of expertise. This is different from other “professor” titles, as executive professors usually have no formal training in education, nor are they expected to publish research. Watson held the position of executive professor at Mays from January-April 2009, during which time he taught one course.

Media contact: Pam Wiley, Mays Business School Director of Communications at or (979) 845-0193.