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2016 Distinguished Alumni

B.S. Sociology, ’68

Jim was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and earned his B.S. in Sociology from OSU in 1968. While at OSU he served as President of the Sociology Students Association and led freshman orientation for A&S students.


Following graduation Jim moved to Chicago and became a facilitation and training expert in the fields of citizen and employee participation, strategic planning, change management, leadership development and systemic change. His career in community and organizational development spans nearly 50 years and a dozen countries.


His publishing credits include Participation Works: Business Cases from Around the World, Government Works: Profiles of People Making a Difference, several journal articles and book chapters. He has lectured on numerous topics, including personal and organizational change, self-managed teams, the culture of participation, and the recovery of civil society.


In 1993 Jim earned a graduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago whereupon he served on the adjunct faculty for 20 years. He serves on the board of the Institute of Cultural Affairs whose mission is to build a just and equitable society in harmony with Planet Earth. He is President of Cowboy Technology Angels comprised of OSU alumni who invest in business spin-outs from the university’s research. Jim is a Lifetime Member of the OSU Alumni Association.

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