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Dr. James Dale (J.D.) Rottweiler earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a Japanese minor in 1990, and a Masters of Arts in Sociology in 1992 from the University of Wyoming. In 2005 he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. His dissertation, Presidential Profiles: University Presidents by Institutional Type, Control, and Reputation established mobility patterns for American University Presidents. J.D.’s area of expertise is in cultural studies and social mobility. He has spent a significant amount of time in Japan and produced a documentary file, A 20th Century Matsuri: The Secularization of the Japanese Religious Festival. A teacher at heart, J.D. enjoys any opportunities to teach others the subtle meanings and influences of culture and social structure.

J.D. became the 11th President of Cochise College on July 1, 2009. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President for Academic Services and Professor of Sociology at Central Wyoming College. J.D. has served as Associate Dean of Instruction at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa and on the faculty at Ricks College, now BYU-Idaho, and was Associate Professor/Chair of the Department of Sociology at Salt Lake Community College.