Before retiring in 2010, Jim McGill served for 12-plus years as the senior vice president of finance and administration of the Johns Hopkins University. There he led the university’s administrative, business, facilities, investment, financial and human resource operations. He was the principal adviser to the president on non-academic matters and provided the administrative and financial support essential to the academic and research missions of the university.
Among his accomplishments at Johns Hopkins, McGill developed new administrative systems and structures, achieved financial objectives in a highly decentralized institution, expanded by 45% the square footage of campus facilities, procured and led development of off-campus land and facilities, and led the university financially through the 2008–09 recession. He also established productive relationships with Johns Hopkins’ separately-incorporated health system, notably the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
For 12 years before Johns Hopkins, McGill was the vice president for administrative affairs—and later executive vice president—for the University of Missouri (MU) system, serving as the chief financial and business officer of the four-campus, statewide, land-grant university.
Prior to his MU tenure, McGill served as the chief financial/business officer and the only titled vice president at the Oregon Health Sciences University (now Oregon Health and Sciences University), following service with the University of Illinois Medical Center and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
McGill received BA and BS (with honors) degrees in mathematics from Oregon State University and a PhD in operations research from Stanford University. Upon completion of his graduate degree, he served on the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses.
Among numerous not-for-profit service and membership organizations, McGill has served on the board of the National League of Nursing, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Mercy High School (for girls in Baltimore), Evergreen Health Care Corporation, the YMCA of Central Maryland (chair of its board), the American Council of Education, Stephens College, and the Charles Street Trolley Corporation. He is currently on the board of Antioch University and chairs its finance committee.
McGill conducts his higher education consulting practice from Portland, OR. Having served more than a dozen clients, including as temporary chief business and financial officer, reviewing organizational structure and effectiveness of financial and administrative operations, advising on cost saving and revenue generation opportunities, developing multiyear strategic and financial plans, and recruiting to executive-level administrative positions.