James has worked in higher education for more than 10 years in diverse roles within academics and administration. He began working in career colleges in 2006 as an adjunct instructor and soon moved into teaching full-time at Southwest Florida College in Fort Myers, FL. In 2009, he became the Director of the Freshman Studies program and of Student Services on the Fort Myers campus. In this role, James’ responsibilities included overseeing retention for all freshmen, the hiring and training of four full-time and 12 adjunct faculty, and providing services to all students on campus. James continued to teach during this time and was named Southwest Florida College’s instructor of the year on 2010.
In 2012, he became the Campus Director and Director of Education at the Bonita Springs campus where he was responsible for academics, career services, admissions, and financial aid departments on that campus. Under his leadership, they led the company in retention for three of his four years. His campus also consistently led in many other metrics such as placement and attendance percentage as well as in several financial areas. In 2016, he returned to the flagship Fort Myers campus as the Director of Education for one year.
During 2017, James’ wife, Kara, who is also in higher education, was recruited by a college in Phoenix, AZ. After a move to Arizona, James worked as graduate enrollment advisor for Arizona State University before joining Arizona Automotive Institute in his current role as the Director of Education.
James has a bachelor’s degree in Religion from the University of Mobile in Mobile, AL and a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also enrolled in a doctor of education program at Northcentral University.
James is married to Kara and has four children. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys reading and watching the Dallas Cowboys play football.