Since becoming president of Central Washington University on January 1, 2009, James L. Gaudino has taken to heart the institution’s primary mission of being a welcoming institution that prepares its students for enlightened, responsible, and productive lives.
During his tenure, Central has experienced a record infusion of state construction funding, completed a comprehensive overhaul and updating of information systems, initiated a modernization of budget and management systems, and sought to create a safe and inclusive campus environment.
Gaudino came to CWU from Kent State University, where he founded the College of Communication and Information, and guided its development into a center of innovation in the study of the new information age.
Prior to that, Gaudino was the executive director of the National Communication Association and served on the faculty of Michigan State University’s Department of Advertising.
Gaudino's research interests include public relations and public opinion formation. He has authored or co-authored chapters, articles, monographs, and presentations in numerous journals, including the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Newspaper Research Journal.
He has a Ph.D. in communications from Michigan State University and a master of science in management from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served in the U.S. Air Force in California, Turkey, and Germany.