James Beeler, Ed.D

Job Title: 
Senior Director, College Access Partnerships
Phone Number: 
828 262-2297


University of Tennessee

  • Bachelor's in History

Appalachian State University

  • Master's in History

North Carolina State University

  • Doctorate in Adult and Community College Leadership

Why should students throughout Western NC consider pursuing postsecondary education?

Postsecondary education opens doors to opportunities, now and even more importantly, in the future. Who will get the raise, the promotion, the new job in 5-10 years? Never stop learning!

What are you doing when you're feeling most happy; most alive; most joyful; most content; most fulfilled; or most like you belong?

This is a two-part answer. I am very happy and joyful when hiking, especially in the mountains. I have hiked primarily in the Appalachians, the Rockies, and the California Coastal Range. The area I love to hike the most is in western North Carolina. I also love spending time with family and friends.

What is one piece of advice you might be able to offer a middle or high school student?

Do something deeply and long enough to develop real expertise and a desire to learn more. It could be a hobby - like knitting, skateboarding, or carpentry; something academic - like reading, a research paper, or art; something extra-curricular - like debate, choir, theatre, or a club; or a service - like elder care, environmentalism, or social justice. I was in the band all the way through college. I had a great time (found joy!), learned so much from others in the band and its leaders.