Furthermore, his non-profit leadership experience includes serving on the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. Board of Directors, Chair of Mentoring, and Vice Chair for New Member Training. He also served on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc., located in Columbus, Ga., and was a career-readiness speaker for college students with the United Negro College Fund. Additionally, he has numerous leadership experiences in international associations and fraternal organizations as an advisor and regional director. Moreover, he serves on the National Board of Directors (Executive Committee) for the Safe America Foundation Inc. and the University of South Florida Advisory Board, Muma College of Business. In fall 2018, he was a nominee for the Turknett Leadership Character Award recognizing outstanding leaders of character across Georgia in the business, nonprofit and education sectors.
Prior to his current post as President, Dr. James was Interim CEO of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (The 100), internationally headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The mission of 100 Black Men of America is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. 100 Black Men of America has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its mentoring and outreach programs. In his role as CEO, Dr. James oversaw the day to day operations, strategic planning, and external relations for the non-profit organization of 10,000+ members who volunteer through a host of mentorship and community service initiatives across the country and internationally.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Dr. James attended South Carolina State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Social Sciences from Winthrop University; a master’s degree in Business Management, Leadership, and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the Higher Education Institute at Harvard University.
Among his memberships are Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and Golden Key International Honor Society. Committed to community service, Dr. James holds memberships in several organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the Prince Hall Masonic Fraternity, and 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.