Coles College Professor Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

KENNESAW‚ Ga. – James G. Tompkins IV‚ Ph.D.‚ a professor at the Coles College of Business at…

Georgia (Jan 2, 2006) — Coles College Professor Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. – James G. Tompkins IV‚ Ph.D.‚ a professor at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University‚ has been chosen as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Greece.

The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational program. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and residents of other countries. He is the third Coles College faculty member to be honored as a Fulbright Scholar.

“I think the Fulbright scholarship will help with my teaching because I often bring experiences outside of the university into the classroom and my research‚” Tompkins says.

Tompkins teaches Corporate and International Finance in KSU’s Department of Economics‚ Finance & Quantitative Analysis. As part of his Fulbright scholarship‚ he will teach and conduct seminars on writing and researching case studies at the University of the Aegean from mid−March to mid−May. The university is located on five islands in the Aegean Sea; faculty and students travel between them by boat. Sea travel is nothing new for Tompkins‚ who was Chief Officer on ocean−going unlimited tonnage vessels before starting his academic career.

Before going to Greece‚ he will spend two months in Romania. His various academic and business activities will include teaching at ASEBUSS‚ the Institute for Business and Public Administration‚ which has a partnership with the Executive MBA program at the Coles College.

The Fulbright scholarship is just the latest honor for Tompkins. He received KSU’s “Distinguished Graduate Teaching” award for 2004/2005. He has also won the Coles College’s “Outstanding Scholar” and “Outstanding Service” awards. Tompkins’ research interests include corporate governance‚ corporate finance‚ and financial education. He is also a business consultant‚ and Director of Board Advisory Services for the Corporate Governance Center‚ which is based at KSU.

“One of the strategic cornerstones of the Coles College is to develop more international relationships‚” Tompkins says. “I look forward to conducting the seminar series and also meeting with people not just in my area‚ but in other areas where there might be potential links with KSU.”

He says he wanted to work abroad for personal as well as professional reasons. In addition to his academic work‚ he looks forward to introducing his family to different international cultures.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



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