Jimmy G. Koeninger, Ph.D. - Senior Advisor

Jim has 45 years of experience in secondary education, higher education, corporate training and development, association management and strategic partnerships between government (federal, state and local) and corporations (for profit and non-profit).

Following completion of a Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 1972, Jim held business and education faculty positions in Colorado (University of Northern Colorado), Texas (Angelo State University, University of Houston, and University of North Texas), and his home state of Oklahoma (Central State University and Oklahoma State University).

Jim and his wife, Karen, were the co-founders of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) in 1976 and conducted scores of summer camps, weekend retreats, workshops and regional conferences for high school and college students to develop their personal, leadership and teaming skills. Jim and Karen are delivering management services to two non-profit organizations—HOSA—Future Health Professionals (serving more than 180,000 students) and JAG—Jobs for America's Graduates (serving 47,000 students)

As the Executive Vice President of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Jim and the Texas-based JAG staff are responsible for managing the delivery of technical assistance to the 33-state JAG National Network including:  staff development, national accreditation, site reviews, national meetings (National Training Seminar, JAG Student Leadership Academy, National Leadership Awards events, etc.), publications, handbooks, media development and meeting management.  Nearly 850 JAG Model programs operate in middle schools, high schools, alternative education schools/programs, community-based dropout recovery programs and community colleges serving more than 40,000 participants.  The Center is also responsible for the JAG website at

The National Center is also responsible for designing and operating JAG’s Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS) collecting data and information on a daily basis through a proprietary portal which is used by the nearly 1,000 local, state and national staff members to track students served, services delivered and outcomes achieved.  Approximately 275,000 individual electronic files are accessible to JAG State Organizations and Local Program Affiliates for the purpose of operating, evaluating and researching the six program applications of the JAG Model—Middle School Program, Multi-Year Program, Alternative Education Programs, Senior Year Programs, Out-of-School Programs and College Success Programs.   

The National Center has managed five successful federal grants and an assortment of research studies.  Jim is responsible for writing and publishing JAG Model Handbooks, Annual Report, Crossroads (newsletter), Research Briefs, videos, e-Learning Courses, curriculum modules, etc.

In addition, since 1984, Jim has served as Executive Director of HOSAFuture Health Professionals.  HOSA operates in 52 states and more than 4,500 high schools, technology centers and community colleges.  During his tenure as Executive Director, HOSA has achieved 31 consecutive annual increases in membership.  At the 2015 National Leadership Conference, 8,400 delegates, judges and friends attended in Anaheim, California. 

Jim served as the lead designer and facilitator of the Walton Institute and the Advanced Leadership Development Program, funded by Sam and Helen Walton, over an 18-year period for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  In addition, Jim was the designer of the Arkansas Leadership Academy for superintendents and principals in the state of Arkansas. 

Jim authored numerous articles, monographs, training programs, videos, media productions and training manuals. With the McGraw-Hill Book Company, he was the lead co-author of a unique classroom simulation package called Jeffrey’s Retail Simulation.  Jim was the lead author of a retailing series published by the University of Texas Instructional Materials Center.  The vast majority of Jim’s writings and publications are related to work with Jobs for America’s Graduates, HOSA and Strategic Partnerships LLC.

Jim and Karen reside in Trophy Club, Texas.  Both sons, Jeffrey Glen and Jason Charles are associated with Corporate Education Resources, Inc. (CERI), a family-owned business headquartered in Southlake, TX with an IT operation in Tulsa, OK.

Jim and Karen enjoy spending time and traveling with their four grandchildren—Quentin (11), Jake (10), Violet (7) and Cole (7). 

Contact Information:

Jimmy G. Koeninger, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Jobs for America’s Graduates
National Center for Evidence-Based Practices
548 Silicon Drive, Suite 101
Southlake, TX  76092
Tel. 972.691.4486
Fax. 972.840.0063