Dr. James Parham, PhD


For more than 45 years, Dr. Parham, has provided innovative and effective strategies and tactics to both public and private sector clients seeking solutions to communication problems.
He specializes in crisis communications and environmental expertise for a wide array of clients, including hospitals, school systems, private corporations and government agencies. His environmental work is also extensive. He facilitated hearings for the U.S. Department of Energy on nuclear waste issues at government-owned facilities, which required high-level conflict resolution skills and consensus building with various publics. He has conducted public outreach, education and communication planning for DOE enrichment facilities and conducted a series of high-profile meetings on U.S. and Russian nuclear non-proliferation treaties in 15 states.
Dr. Parham has a wealth of management experience in the private and public sectors. He served as Chief of Staff for the National Park Service, managing a $2.5 billion budget and an agency of 26,000 people in Washington, D.C.
Following his government stint, Dr. Parham was Senior Vice President for Science Applications International, a 46,000-person consulting organization. At SAIC, he led numerous teams through critical communication challenges. His time included work on nuclear waste and management issues for agencies such as the Department of Energy and NASA.
Closer to home, Dr. Parham served as the director of Indianapolis Parks and Recreation, an 800-person organization, for two years. Dr. Parham was also as a public affairs officer for 10 years for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Dr. Parham has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ball State, with concentrations in natural resources and journalism. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from American University School of Public Affairs. He received his Ph.D. from Northcentral University where he focused on “Protecting a Client’s Reputation: Image Repair Theory and Its Suitability to a Social Media-Generated Crisis.” Dr. Parham served as adjunct lecturer at Indiana University and Franklin College teaching public relations writing, public relations campaigns and crisis management.


Ph.D., Doctor of Business Administration

Northcentral University

MPA, Master of Public Administration

American University

B.S., Natural Resources/Communications

Ball State University