Subject Matter Expert
WUNC NC Public Radio
Beth El Synagogue
Eno River Association
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
Center for Excellence in Investment Management, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs
Jim has been a member of several Duke-affiliated Boards including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Center for Documentary Studies. In addition, he was a founding member of the Duke Kunshan University Board of Trustees, Duke’s affiliated joint venture university in China and chair of its Finance and Operations Committee.
Jim’s career at Duke capitalized on his diverse training and skills in writing, communication, planning, and analysis. He graduated from Northwestern University with honors in history, earned MA and PhD degrees at the University of Iowa in European history, held post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and completed an MBA degree at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
Jim and his family have been part of the Durham community since 1983. He is married to Deborah Jakubs, the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke. They have two grown sons.