Working directly with President Taylor Reveley, Jim Golden leads or assists the College in efforts related to entrepreneurial opportunities, operational efficiency, financial sustainability, and strategic planning. As Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, he has operational responsibility for the Offices of Economic Development, University Relations, Creative Services and Government Relations.
At William and Mary he has played a key role in the development of a new strategic planning process, reorganization of campus communications, creation of several regional economic development initiatives and public-private partnerships, helping coordinate the joint venture that led to the New Town project, negotiating purchase of the former Sentara Hospital site that now contains the School of Education, adoption of an Intellectual Property Policy, the establishment of a Technology Transfer Office, the creation of the Technology and Business Center, the development of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, the initiation of broader research collaborations between industry and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the creation of the William and Mary Real Estate Foundation.
Before coming to William and Mary in the fall of 1999, he was a senior executive at the Tenneco corporate headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut. At Tenneco he was executive director of corporate technology and innovation, and executive assistant to the chairman and CEO. Golden led corporate efforts to promote product and process innovation and strategic technology planning throughout Tenneco. He also coordinated the activities of the Senior Management Committee.
Prior to joining Tenneco, he completed a 31-year Army career and retired as a Brigadier General. He joined the tenured faculty at the U.S. Military Academy after service as an artillery officer. At West Point he became Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences. He directed a sixty-member economics and political science faculty and supervised the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis that performed economic studies for the Army leadership. He taught a wide variety of economics courses, focusing primarily on international economics, comparative economic systems, and organizational adaptation to technological change.
While on the West Point faculty, Golden served intermittently on short-term assignments as a senior staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisors under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter, working primarily on industry regulatory issues. He also directed a multiagency Presidential task force on export controls for President Ford, and he consulted with various government agencies on economic and national security issues. In 1981-1982 he was a Fulbright Professor in Germany.
Golden graduated from West Point with a bachelor of science in engineering, received a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and earned a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard. He is the author of nine books on economics and strategy, including Economics and National Strategy in the Information Age, which examines the consequences of organizational adaptation to new technologies and the emergence of "cooperative competition.
Golden's military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service as an air observer in Vietnam, the Bronze Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Service Medal.