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Napa Valley College’s Board of Trustees Approves James Reeves as Vice President, Business and Finance

James Reeves

James (Jim) Reeves was named vice president, business and finance at Napa Valley College, announced Dr. Robert Frost, interim superintendent/president after the Board of Trustees approved his contract at its February 10 meeting. Reeves will start his new post effective February 14, 2022.

At Napa Valley College, Reeves will serve as the college’s chief business officer and a member of the senior leadership team. He will provide leadership, direction, vision and administrative oversight of budget development, short-term and long-term financial planning, fiscal and accounting services, facilities and capital projects, risk management and Enterprise and Auxiliary Services.

“Jim’s specialized expertise in cost management, project management and improving operating effectiveness will be a tremendous asset to Napa Valley College, especially at a time we are looking toward every administrative efficiency possible,” said Dr. Frost. “I know the entire college is looking forward to the essential element of transparency to our budget development process that Jim will bring.

“Jim’s project management and facilities background will help keep our new student housing project on track and better inform our campus community of both the hurdles and small wins that occur in these multi-year endeavors.”

Reeves has worked in higher education for more than 30 years at several institutions, as a faculty member, department chair, dean of students, vice president, CFO/COO and interim president. Most recently, he served as vice-president, administrative services at Los Angeles City College (LACC), where his responsibilities included institutional oversight for a $350 million building and campus improvement program. Prior to joining LACC, he worked at Norco Community College, first as interim director for facilities; then interim vice president, administrative services; and finally executive director, overseeing a $4 million NSF Supply Chain Automation grant to direct a nationwide effort to advance technical education programs in response to industry needs. 

Reeves previously held several positions in his tenure at Marymount California University. After serving as a faculty member, he became director of student affairs, then dean of students. Next, Reeves became dean of administration; vice president, student development services and college operations; chief financial officer/senior vice president, finance and administration; and finally, interim president. As a senior administrator, he was instrumental in growing the institution through several initiatives including the acquisition and development of student housing facilities in addition to several campus building and improvement projects. 

“I am excited to join the exceptional faculty and staff at Napa Valley College and to help strengthen and manage the College’s financial health and well-being,” said Reeves. “I look forward to working closely together to address the college’s current fiscal and operational challenges. Our work together will be focused on a collegial approach to these challenges while ensuring a quality student experience and the responsible stewardship of our resources. There are exciting opportunities ahead.”  

Reeves holds a dual-major bachelor’s degree in psychology and physical education and a master’s degree in education both from California State University Dominguez Hills. He also has extensive additional training at UC Santa Barbara at the NACUBO/W/ACUBO business institute in addition to executive leadership training at Stanford University.  

Reeves and his wife Susan have two young-adult children, Blake and Rachel.