G. James Francis, Ph.D., is in the second year of his second turn as Colorado State's faculty athletic representative to the NCAA.
Designated by President Tony Frank, Francis represents Colorado State and its faculty in its relationships with the NCAA and Mountain West. He is one of five recognized individuals authorized to make contact with the NCAA membership services staff, and plays an important role in the well-being of student-athletes. He also serves as the senior faculty advisor to the President, and as a vital communications link between the athletics department and faculty.
A professor and director of the Center for Professional Development and Business Research in CSU's College of Business, Francis during his first tenure as FAR (1985-95) was a member of the NCAA Council, the secretary/treasurer and member of the board of directors of the College Football Association, and president of the Mountain-Pacific Sports Federation.
Involved in athletics in some capacity for most of his life, Francis lettered in four sports as a college athlete. He also has coached baseball and basketball at all levels from grade school to high school.
Today, he serves on the Colorado Senior Sports Development Council and coaches track for Special Olympics and Masters Athletes, and remains competitive in track with the Masters organization, having earned All-America honors in the outdoor pentathlon and 400 meters.
Francis has taught management classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels, has been an owner/operator of two small businesses, and has worked for a Fortune 100 firm in organization development. As a management consultant to clients in the private and public sectors, he has worked with a wide variety of businesses and organizations and has served on boards of directors and advisory councils for corporations, public institutions and not-for-profit organizations. Currently, he holds the national reins of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the professional and student honorary of the Academy of Management.
Jim and his wife, Saundra, live in Ft. Collins and have two grown children. A native of Yale, Iowa, he holds two degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, diplomas in management/organizational behavior (Ph.D.) and industrial relations (M.A.). He completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in economics from Central College of Iowa. The author or co-author of three books, he has written more than 50 articles and professional papers, and has been the principal investigator on research grants eclipsing $5 million.