Dr. James Pappas, PhD

Senior Associate Consultant - Education & Strategic Planning




“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

-Helen Keller

Professional Background

For over 25 years, Dr. James Pappas has served at the University of Oklahoma in various leadership capacities including Vice President for University Outreach, Continuing Education and Distance Learning, Dean of the College of Liberal  Studies, and Professor in the Departments of Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies.

Prior to his work at the University of Oklahoma, he served as Associate Dean of Liberal Education, Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Education, Professor of Educational Psychology, Director of Academic Counseling, and Director of Independent Study at the University of Utah.

He has also worked as a psychologist with the Veterans Administration, a faculty member at Indiana University, and an assessment officer with the Peace Corps.


Dr. Pappas received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University, a master’s degree from Ohio University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. In addition, he has completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University and the Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education at Harvard University.

Consulting Clients and Board Memberships

Dr. Pappas has consulted with such organizations as the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services, Utah State Prisons, Wyoming School Districts, American College Testing Program, Skaggs/American Foods, Butler Buildings, Bosworth-Sullivan, Kennecott Copper, Lockheed Martin, National Association for Homecare, and Hermes Associates (a mall developer).

In addition, he has served on numerous community service and professional association boards, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP). He has served as President of UPCEA and AGLSP and is currently Executive Vice President of ACHE.