Director - Hoʻokele Department for Admissions, Career, and Alumni Services
James has been with Brigham Young University–Hawaii for the past nine years and has over 14 years of experience in higher education. His roles have spanned from student data collection and analysis, strategic enrollment planning, recruitment, admissions, new student experience, experiential learning, student programming, financial aid and scholarship, student success, and alumni relations.
James received a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies with a minor in business from Brigham Young University. He later attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and received a master's degree in engineering management. His professional experience outside of higher education administration involved work in information technology and software development.
James’ genealogy is interwoven with BYU–Hawaii as his parents both attended and retired from this University after 30+ years of service each. He also attended BYU–Hawaii prior to his mission to Brazil Florianopolis. He was born in Kahuku and raised in Hau'ula and is married to Melissa Kenley who originates from Alaska. They are parents to five children. They enjoy raising their family in the community and culture around the university and the ocean.