Chairman of the Board

Dr. Cash is the James E. Robison Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Emeritus, of the Harvard Business School, where he first joined the faculty in 1976 and retired in 2003.  He taught in all the major HBS programs, and served as Chairman of Baker Library, Chairman of the MBA program and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Publishing Company at various times during his tenure at the school.

Dr. Cash participates on several public, private and not-for-profit boards, including Chubb, The Boston Celtics, and The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  In the past he has served on the Boards of Wal-Mart, Microsoft, General Electric , Sprint, Scientific Atlanta, State Street Corp, Alcon Labs, Knight Ridder, Tandy, Partners Healthcare, Mass General Hospital, The Gardner Museum, The National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation and the Boston Museum of Science.

On a five year rotating basis, he serves as a Director for early stage enterprise technology companies. To facilitate the identification and support of these companies he serves as an Advisor to General Catalyst (

Under the umbrella of The Cash Catalyst, LLC( he runs personal development programs for board members and executives in Global 500 organizations interested in the intersection of information technology and corporate strategy.

In 1965 he became the first African-American to sign an athletic letter-of-intent in the Southwest Conference at Texas Christian University to play basketball. He graduated from TCU with a BS in Mathematics, while being named an Academic All-American. Later he received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University’s Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Accounting from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Among his honors and awards: Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Academic All-American Hall of Fame; The Greenhill Award from Harvard Business School; Texas Sports Hall of Fame; Honorary Doctorate from Babson College; John McLendon Pioneer Award; John S. Day Award from Purdue’s Krannert School of Business; and his jersey hangs in the rafters of Schollmaier Arena on the campus of TCU.

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