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James R. Gleason, Ph.D.

Jim joined the organization in 1977 as acting executive director and now serves as President/CEO.  In this capacity he is responsible for strategic planning, operations, and financial management.  He works with the Board of Trustees to establish policy, determine program-of-work priorities, and to ensure that the organization consistently addresses the needs of the profession generally and the Consortium membership specifically.

As in any small organization, Jim’s responsibilities include a wide range of hands-on responsibilities that include management of the organization’s business functions and leadership on behalf of the Consortium membership.  He works directly with key staff responsible for research and instructional design, and for special programs such as:

  • High School of Business™
  • National program accreditation
  • Certification/Assessment programs
  • Professional development initiatives
  • Business community connections


Jim’s entire career has been in education, beginning in the high school classroom where he taught business and marketing subjects, and extending into various teaching and professional development roles, primarily at Bowling Green State University (OH) and The Ohio State University.  Since his student teaching experience, where he struggled with the lack of clear student learning expectations, Jim has focused his energies on curriculum and assessment.  His interests are in helping all Business Administration educators obtain maximum results with the limited time and resources they have available.

Finally, Jim has the good fortune of living with his favorite girl friend, Dawn, to whom he is also married.  An avid and very bad golfer, he spends a good deal of his limited free time making excuses for his inadequacy on the links.  Having never taken a personal finance class, rumors of his imminent retirement are greatly exaggerated.

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