Paul James

Executive Director, Ijams Nature Center

A native of Great Britain, Paul received his diploma in Management from the University Derby, U.K. and completed a B.S. in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, Knoxville.

Prior to joining Ijams Nature Center, Paul worked in New York City and Atlanta with C.A.R.E.. His overseas experience includes the management of logistics and administrative support for C.A.R.E.’s Southern & West Africa Regional Management Unit. Part of his responsibility was supporting programming efforts in both Lesotho and Senegal before making the transition to development.

Paul graduated from Leadership Knoxville in 2006 and Introduction Knoxville in 2005. In January, 2010 was recognized in the 40 under 40 program sponsored by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. In 2013, Paul received the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award by the East Tennessee Community Design Center.

Paul is Past Chair of Knox County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board; Past Chair of Dow Chemical Company (formerly Rohm & Haas) Community Advisory Board; and a Board Member of the Legacy Parks Foundation.

Paul has a great interest in the history of extinct species such as the passenger pigeon, the ivory-billed woodpecker, and Carolina Parakeet. Paul regular gives presentations on the Ijams Family Legacy, extinct and lost species through Ijams Nature Center and at the acclaimed annual Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge.

Paul is a frequent writer for the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine and authored Ijams Nature Center, a visual history of the Ijams Family and the development of the nature center, published in 2010, which was made into a Emmy-nominated documentary, A Place by the River: The Ijams Family Legacy by the Heartland Series.

Paul lives in West Knoxville with his daughter, Isabel and their retired Greyhounds.

Contact: Tel: (865) 577-4717 ext. 118 or