Jim Turner is a retired United States Air Force Officer with over twenty-seven years of military service. As a security police commander, he provided leadership to over five hundred personnel, managed a large scale Resource Protection program for multi-billion dollar Department of Defense assets, and established Total Quality Management initiatives resulting in the “Best Medium-Size Security Police Unit” in the Pacific Theatre. Shortly after his retirement, he worked for General Motors as a Security Chief providing protection for the two Cadillac plants in Lansing, Michigan. Additionally, he was hired by three major retail corporations to supervise and manage their loss prevention programs.
Jim began his higher education teaching career in 2001 as an adjunct professor and taught numerous courses in management. He joined the full-time staff at Davenport University in 2010 as a department coordinator in the College of Business for the Lansing campus.
Jim has learned over the last thirty-five years that “taking care of your people is paramount” and that “anything worthwhile is worth working for; nothing is free”. He believes that these two values serve as a foundation for success in leadership and management. He feels that teaching through practical applications, “real-world” experiences, and academic rigor is the equation for quality learning.