James J. Leach

James J. Leach, Professor
Dr. James Leach
Associate Professor of Nursing
Associate Professor of Nursing

Jimmy Leach joined the Columbia International University faculty in 2023 having received his Ph.D. in Nursing Science in May 2023 from the University of South Carolina. Jimmy has been a staff nurse, Nurse Manager and a Director for the last 40 years and is very excited to pass on his experience and knowledge to the next generation of nurses. Jimmy has been married to the love of his life, Carol, since 1984. They have 4 grown and married children and have 11 grandchildren and another on the way.


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia 2023
  • MPA, New York University, New York 2012
  • BSN, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 2007
  • Diploma in Nursing, Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing, Teaneck, NJ 1985

Awards and Honors

  • Speaker at USC College of Nursing Convocation Ceremony 2023
  • Poster Presentation at Midwestern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference 2023
  • Oral Presentation at USC College of Nursing Research Day 2023
  • Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellow 2021
  • Outstanding Facilitation of New York–Presbyterian Professional Practice Model 2012
  • Most Improved Staff Satisfaction, Sentara Heart Hospital 2008
  • Multiple Daisy Awards