James serves as the Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, he supports the Vice Chancellor and the Division of Students Affairs by being a resource for students, parents, campus faculty and staff. James also leads the development and implementation of the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan. Along with managing the divisional strategic plan, James also develops and leads other divisional strategic initiatives on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. James serves as the divisional lead in collaborating with The Graduate School and the Professional Schools at Washington University in supporting graduate and professional students.
A St. Louis area native, James earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Southwest Baptist University and his Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. James has almost 25 years as a student affairs professional working in the areas of residential life, leadership development, first year experience, graduate admissions and graduate student support services across the country.