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James A. Wright Jr. Joins Anderson University Administration

New Vice President of Finance and Operations begins duties at AU

James A. Wright Jr. has been named Vice President for Finance and Operations at Anderson University according to President Evans P. Whitaker.

Wright comes to Anderson after a long and successful tenure at the South Carolina Baptist Convention where for more than three decades he oversaw the financial operations, statewide denominational facilities, and human resource functions of the convention. His most recent assignment at the convention was as Associate Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer.  He began his duties at Anderson University in late October.

“James Wright is one of the most respected and admired leaders I know,” said Dr. Whitaker. “In guiding the SCBC from a business standpoint, he oversaw the development of impressive facilities and greatly enhanced the effectiveness of the way the Convention conducted business, all with a grace and demeanor that won him scores of friends throughout South Carolina and beyond. We are truly blessed that he has joined our team at this pivotal time of advancement in Anderson University history.”

Wright serves as chief financial officer of the 2,700-student selective private university that operates an annual budget of $43 million.  In addition, he  oversees the non-academic operations of the university including human resources, campus facilities, campus safety, food service, grounds, bookstore, post office, print services, and construction.  His position is a cabinet level role in which he is a member of the president’s senior leadership team.  He participates in key decision-making and strategic planning and works closely with the Finance Committee of the Board of Trust. 

Most recently, Wright served as a financial consultant to churches and associations throughout the state in the areas of church accounting policies and procedures, budget development, tax reporting requirements, and church incorporation and bylaws.   

Wright is a magna cum laude graduate of The University of South Carolina where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has been married to Gloria Westmoreland Wright since 1977.

 Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online.  Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of the 46 “Up & Coming” universities in America.  It is also ranked as one of America’s “100 Best College Buys.”



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