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James McGlothlin

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Jim McGlothlin was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968 where he served until 1972. Jim started college at the University of Hawaii in 1972, where he co-majored in Chemistry and Organizational Psychology, graduating with a B.A. in 1975. He went on to graduate school for a Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Health, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology. Both degrees were awarded in 1977. Jim furthered his education by earning a Ph.D. in Industrial Health (specializing in Ergonomics) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1988. Jim was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), in 1978. During this time, Jim served in leadership positions under the U.S. Surgeons General, including Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. As a Commissioned Officer, Jim received two awards from the Surgeon General for his leadership as Chairman of the Health Services Professional Advisory Committee. After 22 years, he retired from the USPHS to become a professor at Purdue University where he taught for 16 years. While at Purdue, Jim was elected to the University Senate, where he was assigned to the Executive Senate Committee and served three University Presidents. He received several awards for his scholarship and innovation, including the Focus Award for making Purdue more accessible for students with disabilities, and in 2015 received the Teacher of the Year Landolt Award from his School of Health Sciences. He retired from Purdue University as Professor Emeritus June 30th, 2015. Jim and his wife, Nancy, moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in July 2015. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Both Jim and Nancy have been engaged in taking Purdue students on study abroad service programs to benefit orphans and abandoned children in Lima and Cusco, Peru. In his spare time, he travels internationally, competes in triathlons, and likes to dabble in photography, origami, and playing chess.

James's ArtPrize Entries

These are James's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    Study Abroad Service Program

    2017 ArtPrize Entry James McGlothlin
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