James W. Guthrie

James W. Guthrie

James W. Guthrie

​International expert in public finance & education policy.

James W. Guthrie is a Presidential Fellow and Professor of Education Policy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.  Previously he was the first gubernatorially appointed Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Nevada.  Prior to that he was the first appointed Senior Fellow and Director of Education Policy Studies at the George W. Bush Institute, a component of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, located on the Southern Methodist University campus (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.  He held a concurrent position as Professor of Education Policy and leadership in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU.

Professor Guthrie formerly was the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, and director of the Peabody Center for Education Policy at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. From 1999 through 2009, he served as chair of Peabody College’s Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, the nation’s highest ranked university educational administration department. He instructed both undergraduate and graduate courses, and conducted research on education policy and finance.

Professor Guthrie has been a consultant to the governments of Armenia, Australia, Chile, Guyana, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Romania, and South Africa, and has had extensive experience in consulting for The World Bank, UNESCO, OECD, and the Organization of American States.