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James Rairdon

Title: Professor
Company: National American University
Location: Centennial, Colorado, United States

James Rairdon, professor at National American University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.

Dr. Rairdon’s educational journey began with a bachelor’s degree in international studies from The Ohio State University in 1976. Building upon this foundation, he earned a master’s degree in management and employee development from Webster University in 1993. The pinnacle of his academic achievements came with a Doctor of Management from Colorado Technical University in 2006. Dr. Rairdon’s commitment to education is showcased in his enduring role as a professor at National American University since 1993. He further demonstrated leadership as the academic dean at National American University from 2012 to 2013. Additionally, he contributed his expertise as an adjunct professor at Colorado Christian University, The College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

His professional journey encompasses diverse roles, from an 18-year tenure with Great West Life to navigating the legal landscape as a paralegal with the Lucky Flat Task Force at the Department of Justice. Dr. Rairdon’s trajectory also includes regional manager positions at the Hartford Insurance Group, where he served in both the Denver and St. Louis offices, showcasing his managerial acumen. His career spans over two and a half decades at National American University, making a lasting impact in the field of education.

Dr. Rairdon’s military service reflects his commitment to duty, serving in the U.S. Air Force as a site development specialist from 1967 to 1971 and later as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army for three years. Recognizing his contributions, Colorado Christian University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies honored him with the Gold Star Award in 2023. Actively engaged in memberships, he is a fellow at the Life Management Institute, a participant in the Management History Division at the Academy of Management, and served as the vice president of the Colorado Military Historians for six years.

Offering advice to aspiring educators, Dr. Rairdon emphasizes maintaining a sense of humor and cultivating a balanced professional and personal life. His dedication to education is evident in his doctoral dissertation exploring the lasting impact of Elton Mayo on management thought. Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Rairdon enjoys hobbies like spending time with his grandchildren, reading and writing about history, and painting military miniatures.

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