James V. Koch is Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus at Old Dominion University. He also has held teaching and research 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 eleven books and 100 articles in refereed journals. His research has focused primarily upon applied microeconomics topics. His journal articles on the economics of intercollegiate athletics, the economics of discrimination and affirmative action, TQM, and the economics of education have been reprinted and cited frequently. He also has done extensive work on the economics of e-commerce. Lumina Foundation published his study of the textbook market, Turning the Page, in 2013.
His past research examined the risk-taking behavior of corporate CEOs and was funded by the Kauffman Foundation. The results were published as Born, Not Made (Praeger, 2008, co-author James L. Fisher). He also is the author of America For Sale, a study of the purchase of U.S. assets by foreigners (Praeger, Fall 2009, co-author, Craig T. Bouchard). Dr. Koch served for several years as a member of the board of the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Company and its successor, Esmark.
His forthcoming book, The Caterpillar Way (McGraw-Hill, October 2013, Craig T. Bouchard, co-author) focuses on how Caterpillar, Inc., the leading heavy equipment producer in the world, has achieved such great success even while many similarly situated manufacturing firms have stagnated or failed.
Dr. Koch has served as a consultant or expert witness for over seventy-five legal firms, corporations, and universities. For fourteen years, Dr. Koch has produced the widely cited State of the Region Report for the Hampton Roads, Virginia, metropolitan area (population 1.7 million) that analyzes and assesses the region’s economic, political and social conditions.
Additionally, Dr. Koch has evaluated more than fifty presidents of universities, including the University of Hawai'i, the University of Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast 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 has published a series of items on aspects of World War II. His publications on WW II focus on the eastern front. A 2008 DVD entitled “Valkyrie” focusing on the 1944 assassination attempt upon Adolf Hitler featured Dr. Koch as an expert commentator. He is a non-competitive runner, a life-long St. Louis Cardinal fan, and wishes he could spend more time in Montana.