James C. Mabry joined Mesa Community College as Vice President of Academic Affairs in July 2008. His areas of responsibility include Instruction, International Education, Honors Program, Service Learning, Counseling, and Innovative Learning & Academic Support Services.
Jim grew up in a small village just outside Rochester, New York, and went to college in Ohio on a swimming scholarship. He took a break after five quarters and considers it one of the best decisions he ever made. Over the next six years he worked, traveled by motorcycle through Europe and North Africa, and lived in Germany for four years before returning to the U.S. and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University.
Jim taught social studies in New York City public high schools for three years and taught U.S. history and economics for four years at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. After serving there as an Associate Dean for four years, he moved to Florida in 2006 to serve as an Academic Dean at Palm Beach Community College.
Jim holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree from The London School of Economics. He serves on the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board, the Chair Academy Practitioners Board, and is Co-President of the Columbia Club of Phoenix.
Mabry and his wife lived in New York, Tokyo, London, and Florida before moving to Arizona. They have raised two wonderfully different daughters. His family enjoys books, e-books, music, movies, good food, and international travel.