G. James Francis, Colorado State University professor of management, has been selected as the national president of Sigma Iota Epsilon, an honorary and professional management fraternity. Francis has served as chairman of the Management Department at the university for 10 years, and his leadership in the College of Business has been notable. He has been in the forefront of grant sponsored business research activities through his development of the Institute of Transportation Management.
Francis is a well-recognized contributor to the business community in Colorado. He has provided management consultation to a wide variety of businesses including Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Coors, McDonalds, Wal-Mart and Dun & Bradstreet.
As national president of Sigma Iota Epsilon, Francis will promote interaction between the academic and practical aspects of management throughout the country. One of the organization’s main goals is to bring students and practicing managers together in order to better prepare students for the challenges they’ll face when entering the business world. Francis’ term as president will run five years beginning in September, and the national office of Sigma Iota Epsilon will move to Colorado State’s College of Business.
"We applaud Professor Francis and all our faculty who have brought honor to the College of Business through their professional endeavors," said the college’s dean, Dan Costello. "This appointment will provide a direct connection to national leaders and educators in the field of management and will be a great resource to the college and our students." Francis holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in management/organizational behavior and personnel/industrial relations respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Central College of Iowa.