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Jim Rand

Executive in Residence

Education: BS, Marquette University, 1963; LLB, La Salle Extension University, 1972. At SPU since 1992.

Jim Rand is an Executive in Residence in SPU's School of Business and Economics. He is also a founding principal of Seattle Research Partners, a strategic performance enhancement firm.

Since 1963, he has held various executive and leadership positions within the U.S. Military in Special Weapons and for corporations including Kimberly Clark and Crocker Bank (Wells Fargo). He has also held appointments at universities in Wisconsin, Utah, Texas, California, Vietnam, England, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Botswana, and the United Arab Emirates.

Professor Rand has consulted for major organizations including Providence Health Systems, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Microsoft, PEMCO, University of Washington, City of Seattle, The Port of Seattle, Swedish Medical Center, Continental Mills, Houston Airports, and Liberty Mutual.


Strategic Learning: A Practical Guide for PHR/SPHR Certification

PEAK Publishing, 2011

Strategic Thinking, Acting and Learning

PEAK Publishing, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Rand, James, D. Bowie and D. Peter. "Business and Engineering Project Interaction." ASEE Journal.


Jim Rand

Why I Teach at SPU

Jim Rand,
Executive in Residence

"I was greatly influenced by the Jesuits' passion for developing the whole person, i.e., cura personalis, during my high school and college days. While working in the military and private sector and teaching in various universities as an adjunct professor, I discovered my life purpose and passion of inspiring learning, thereby increasing peoples' capacity to shape their future. This purpose is supported by my guiding principles of spirituality, excellence, leadership, and service. My purpose and guiding principles are supported by the strategy of quode ex corde docent mente alabat. Teach from the heart that which is nurtured in the mind."