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Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance James Owens Bio
James K. Owens

James K. Owens, D.B.A.

Professor of Finance & Hodges Professor of Corporate Governance

Office: Classroom Center, Room 215A
Email: jowens@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2519
Home Page:  http://jkowens.com

Professional Profile

Owens earned his B.B.A. in finance in 1964 and his M.B.A. in finance in 1965 from West
Texas A&M University.  He earned his D.B.A. in finance from Harvard University in 1971.

Teaching and Related Service

Owens teaches Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, and Finance Theory both in the physical classroom and online.

1996 to present:  National Community Bank School, teach two topics to first year students in
an executive education experience for community bankers at Texas Tech University.
Courses involved interest rate risk management and pricing bank services.

1978 to present:  Pacific Coast Banking School, teach approximately 250 banking executives in a two week graduate banking school. Responsibility with a first year required course in Financial Principles and/or a second or third year elective course in International Finance.

Research and Creative Activity

The teaching and research areas of interest for Dr. Owens are corporate governance,
corporate finance, and bank management.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Owens has taught at WTAMU since 1978.   He's now teaching the children of former students which, he says, means he's been here a long time.   His personal hobbies include creating hand made pens and pencils; bicycling on his front wheel drive recumbent and being a huge motorsport fan.  Holding season tickets at both Circuit of the Americas and Texas Motor Speedway, he is a NASCAR and Formula 1 enthusiast with Chase Elliott being his current NASCAR favorite and Max Verstappen (18 years old and already won a Grand Prix) in Formula 1.  Dr. Owens also travels to Kansas every year to watch the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races in Dodge City and to Oklahoma City to watch the AMA Pro dirt track motorcyclists.  He has followed Tony Stewart's career for many years and while it will be sad to see him leave NASCAR after he retires this year; the good news is that he will be back racing at the dirt tracks which means more opportunities to watch him drive!