by Moxye Staff
Dr. Kevin James was named Acting Chief Operating Officer of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., the premiere civic organization for professional black men in the Greater-Atlanta area. In his role as COO, Dr. James will oversee the day to day operations, strategic planning, external relations, and fundraising initiatives for the chapter of 100+ members who volunteer through a host of mentorship and community service initiatives across Atlanta.
James had previously served on the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Board of Directors as an at-large director, chair of mentoring, and vice chair for new member training.
Larry Johnson, Chairman of the Board said, “Dr. James has served with great vigor and enthusiasm in various capacities with 100 Black Men of Atlanta over the past few years, and I’m confident that he will play a key role in further elevating the values and mission of the organization in the Greater-Atlanta area. As a board member, Kevin’s experience, coupled with a wealth of experience in leadership, mentoring, and non-profit organizations, make him an excellent choice as Acting COO. Kevin is a natural servant leader who will get the job done to the highest level of his abilities. The Board and the membership heartily welcome Kevin in his new role.”
James’ 20-year career includes various senior-level administrative roles in both for-profit and nonprofit colleges. He is currently president of Kevin James Unlimited Education Group, where he works with educational organizations as a consultant. He also served on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc., and was a career-readiness speaker for college students with the United Negro College Fund.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Dr. James earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Social Sciences from Winthrop University, a master’s degree in Business Management, Leadership, and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the Higher Education Institute at Harvard University.
“I am honored to serve at the helm of such a historic organization which is dedicated to empowering African Americans across Atlanta,” said James. “I look forward to working with the board, members, and our shareholders to continue to take the work of our chapter to the next level and beyond.”
The organization for professional black men in the Greater-Atlanta area holds some esteemed membership, including baseball Hall of Fame Hank Aaron, Ambassador Andrew Young, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, film producer Will Packer, Super Soaker inventor Lonnie Johnson and United Way of Atlanta President Milton Little.
The nonprofit’s flagship program, Project Success, preps young people in the Atlanta Metro area. Since its inception in 1987, 100 percent of students who complete the program have graduated from high school, and 80 percent graduated from college in four years, according to the organization.