James is an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and an aviation enthusiast. He is a private pilot who has built several aircraft and is a tireless advocate for aerospace education.
He had been named to to S.C. State’s Board of Trustees last year and resigned before being named president on June 29. He had also previously been a Benedict College trustee for 18 years.
A Columbia resident, James is a graduate of M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. He previously worked for General Electric, Gillette, Exxon International and, most recently, AT&T, where he is credited with turning around the company’s once-struggling computer business division.