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James M. Chansler

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Administration


James Chansler received his B.S. in Earth Sciences/Mathematics from Berea College, M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning at Western Kentucky University, and his Ph.D. in Public Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from Nova Southeastern University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and holds Civil and Sanitary engineering licenses in Kentucky. Dr. Chansler served as the Chief Operating Officer at JEA, the nation’s seventh largest public utility, from 1997 to 2012. He has worked in city and county government for 39 years in  capacities ranging from Assistant City Manager and Department Head to Laboratory Technician and Utilities Plant Operator. Dr. Chansler was an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University from 1981 to 1989 where he taught engineering technology and environmental laboratories. His publications and presentations address a number of topics including leadership, management, public administration, and engineering issues. Dr. Chansler is an active member of Rotary International where he leads international project teams to provide clear water and sanitation to remote villages

COURSE: PPOL 661.  Introduction to Public Administration