Jim Christian

Describe an innovative moment in your career trajectory.

I was on the board of a for-profit university experiencing declining enrollments after the Great Recession. I stepped into an executive roll to do a turnaround. We slashed tuition, invested in online education and generally restructured, while undergoing regional re-accreditation. Somehow, it all worked out, and the university began to grow again.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you early in your career?

Follow one or more passions; take calculated risks, early and often.

What is your favorite thing about working with Tulane student entrepreneurs?

Tulane student entrepreneurs are impressive. They show up with valid ideas (sometimes genius) and are prepared to put in the work to test those ideas. They are also adaptable and process sometimes conflicting advice. Above all, Tulane entrepreneur students are inspiring to me.