Professor Jim Brasfield to Retire

On April 28, 2015, in In the News, by Walker News

Jim Brasfield

Please join the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology in recognizing retiring faculty member Jim Brasfield as he concludes his 39th year of teaching at Webster University. A reception for Brasfield will be held Tuesday, May 12 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the East Academic Building, room 253/262. RSVP to attend.

Brasfield joined Webster University in 1976 as an assistant professor in the History-Political Science Department with teaching obligations in the graduate program. In addition to teaching courses in management and health services management, he has also taught courses in political science. From 1978 to 2014, he served as the program director for the Master’s of Health Administration.

A prominent voice in the study of health politics, Brasfield is the author of numerous papers and articles on healthcare policy and reform. In 2011, he published the book, “Health Policy: The Decade Ahead,” which explores Medicare and Medicaid and the debates surrounding the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In addition to his publications, he is a member of the American Political Science Academy and was the first president of its health politics and policy organized section. He is also the book review editor of the “Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.”

“An accomplished professor and author, and a regularly sought-out commentator on health policy and governance, Jim’s impact extends beyond Webster University,” said Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School. “He has been a loyal servant to Webster and on many occasions has offered sage counsel to me in my time as dean. I value his friendship and appreciate his leadership and service.”

Brasfield served as Chair of the Management Department for a total of 19 years and was President of Faculty Senate at two different times. Friend and longtime colleague Tom Quirk described Brasfield as a thoughtful individual who has the capacity to change the tone and the result of discussions. “Jim is a calming force,” said Quirk. “He has the unique ability to help a discussion move forward to a much improved solution because of his advice.”

In addition to his work at Webster, Brasfield has served on various civic organizations. He was the Mayor of the City of Crestwood for six years and a member of the Crestwood Board of Alderman for 18 years. He is currently a member of the Municipal Park Grants Commission. He was formerly on the St. Louis County Board of Equalization, and served as President of the St. Louis County Municipal League.

In reflecting on his career, Brasfield said he feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at Webster. “I have truly enjoyed teaching because it has allowed me to share my interests with students and help them understand the world of politics and management,” he said. “I also appreciate the friendships I’ve made while working with faculty and staff across disciplines. Together, we have been able to make a positive impact on the university.”

After retiring, Brasfield plans to travel with his wife, Judy, spend time with his daughter and four grandchildren, and cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals.

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