William R. Cashen Service Award

William R. "Bill" Cashen '37 was an alumni director, professor and university marshal, as well as a public servant, historian, family man, proud alumnus and friend to many alumni. Cashen set the example for service to the university and its alumni association. This award is designed to recognize and perpetuate his example and inspire all those associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Eligibility: Alumni and non-alumni qualify for the award. Only employees of the UAF Alumni Association are excluded.

Criteria for selection: Nominees will be judged on the basis of meritorious service at more than one level of alumni activity. This could include, but is not limited to, serving as a chapter officer, serving on the board of directors, assisting with a project, setting up a scholarship, or serving on a UAF selection committee or advisory council.


2022 William R. Cashen Service Award winner

Jim Culley '93

Jim Culley '93
Jim Culley '93

Jim Culley '93 grew up in an Army family, the oldest of four boys. "We were always Alaska residents, as my father had graduated from high school in Wrangell before attending college at Whitman, where he met my mother. After they graduated, my father was drafted for Vietnam and served in the Army for 27 years."
Culley's family was stationed at Ft. Wainwright from 1975-1980. His late father, James R. Culley ’78, earned his MBA from UAF. This is also when Culley discovered a love of hockey.  
After Alaska, they moved to Nuremberg, Germany, where Culley continued to play hockey, and then Texas and Illinois, where he graduated high school before returning to Fairbanks to attend UAF. That's where he met his wife and fellow alum Emily (Worhatch) Culley ’97.
He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the UAF School of Management, now the College of Business and Security Management. After graduation, Culley began his career with National Bank of Alaska and entered the management training program, leading to assignments in Bethel, King Salmon, Kenai, Wrangell, and then back in Fairbanks after Wells Fargo purchased NBA.
Culley worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference as an internal auditor and returned to banking to work at Northrim as the Fairbanks Commercial Loan Unit Manager.
"In 2019, I made the transition to Mt. McKinley Bank where I am a senior vice president and commercial lender," he said. "My wife and I have two children, Jimmy who is 24 and Grace who is 18 and plans to attend UAF in fall 2022. My mother and father both retired here, and all three of my brothers and their families live in Fairbanks."
Culle has been a dedicated UAF and CBSM volunteer throughout his career. He attended the college’s Etiquette Seminar and Dinner for several years and has lent his expertise to the Arctic Innovation Competition. In addition, he has served on the Business Leader of the Year event steering committee.
“Jim is a wonderful ambassador for our university in assisting students and supporting our school,” said Mark Herrmann, CBSM dean. “Alumni like Jim are essential to our success.”