James V. Koch is Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus at Old Dominion University. He has held positions at Illinois State University, California State University at Los Angeles, the University of Grenoble (France), Brown University, Rhode Island College, Ball State University, the University of Hawai'i, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the University of Montana. He served as President of the University of Montana (1986-1990) and Old Dominion University (1990-2001) and was named one of the 100 most effective college presidents in the United States.
Dr. Koch has published twelve books and 110 articles in refereed journals. His research has focused primarily upon applied microeconomics topics and his work on the economics of intercollegiate athletics, the economics of discrimination and affirmative action, TQM, and the economics of education has been reprinted and cited frequently. He has done extensive work in the economics of e-commerce.
Dr. Koch’s research on the risk-taking behavior of corporate CEOs was funded by the Kauffman Foundation and was published as Born, Not Made (Praeger, 2008, co-author James L. Fisher). Another book---America For Sale, a study of the purchase of U.S. assets by foreigners (Praeger, Fall 2009, co-author, Craig T. Bouchard)---earned wide attention, especially in the steel industry, its primary focus. Dr. Koch served as a member of the board of the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Company and its successor, Esmark.
In 2014, McGraw-Hill published another Bouchard and Koch book, The Caterpillar Way, which analyzed Caterpillar’s conspicuous success and how “CAT” avoided the disasters that befell many U.S. manufacturers. The book made the New York Times Top Ten list in business in Fall 2014.
Dr. Koch has served as a consultant/expert witness for more than 100 legal firms, corporations, and universities. His diverse cases have included the ordering and sale of wine via the Internet, the value of copyrights, and the economics of the leather furniture industry. Lumina Foundation published his analysis of textbook markets, Turning the Page, in 2013.
For fifteen years, Dr. Koch produced the widely cited State of the Region Report for the 1.7 million population Hampton Roads, Virginia, metropolitan area and analyzes and assessed the region’s economic, political and social conditions. Beginning in November 2015, under the sponsorship of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, he will produce a State of the Commonwealth Report that will focus on Virginia economic issues.
Dr. Koch has led or been a part of teams commissioned by boards of trustees of more than 50 universities to evaluate the strategic positions of these institutions. He has evaluated the presidents of institutions such as the University of Hawai'i, Muhlenberg College, Talladega College, the University of Central Florida, Auburn University, and the University of Alaska. His 1996 book, Presidential Leadership (co-authored with James L. Fisher) is used as a reference and textbook in many universities and leadership institutes. In July 2004, his The Entrepreneurial College President (with James L. Fisher), was published by Praeger for the American Council on Education.
Another interest of Dr. Koch is the History of World War II; he began to teach a History of World War II course early in the 1980s and has published a series of items on aspects of World War II. His primary focus is on the eastern front. A 2008 DVD entitled “Valkyrie” focusing on the 1944 assassination attempt upon Adolf Hitler features Dr. Koch as an expert commentator. He is a non-competitive runner, a life-long St. Louis Cardinal fan, and wishes he had more time to play basketball.