James L. Gaudino assumed the position of president at Central Washington University on January 1, 2009.
Before coming to Central, Dr. Gaudino was the founding Dean of the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at Kent State University, a college that consists of the Schools of Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Library and Information Science, and Visual Communication Design. Under his leadership, the College grew to become a center of innovation in the new information age.
Jim was previously the Executive Director of the National Communication Association. NCA is a scholarly society of 7,000 members that works to improve instruction and to produce research on topics of both intellectual and social significance related to human communication. During his 15-year stay in the NCA National Office, the Association tripled its operating budget and overall net worth, expanded its annual convention and conference schedules, added four new journals to its publication catalogue, was accepted into the American Council of Learned Societies, and became a leader in advocating for Communication scholarship and instruction. While working at NCA, Jim also served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and George Washington University.
Prior to taking the position at NCA, he served on the faculty at Michigan State University's Department of Advertising. Jim's research interests include public relations and public opinion formation. He has authored or co-authored numerous chapters, articles, monographs, and convention presentations, including publication in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journalism Educator, Communication Education, and the Newspaper Research Journal.
Jim holds a doctorate in Communications from Michigan State University and a masters in management from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served in the US Air Force in California, Turkey, and Germany.