jim hurd

Dr. Jim Hurd

Dr. Jim Hurd has been engaged in student affairs work since his sophomore year at North Georgia College and State University when he discovered the joy of being a student union building manager and student leader in the campus activity board. After receiving his BA in English, Jim completed a master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana working as a graduate assistant primarily in the student union but with experience in the Dean of Students Office. After graduation Jim joined the student affairs staff at Texas A&M working first as a program adviser and later as program director in the Memorial Student Center. He joined the University of West Florida team in 1986 as director of the University Commons and Student Activities and has now been a full time student affairs professional for over 29 years.

Jim completed his EdD at UWF in 2000. While continuing to serve as Director of the University Commons Jim was tasked by then Vice President Linda Dye to lead the effort to establish a student affairs graduate preparation program at UWF. He worked with colleagues in the College of Professional Studies as well as the Division of Student Affairs to develop the initial curriculum and recruit the first class of graduate students enrolled in Fall 2003. Jim served as academic advisor until Spring 2009 and program coordinator until Summer 2011. Jim continues to serve as adjunct faculty in the program.