James R. Kidder ’54


  • Pledge Class President
  • Chronicler
  • Co-Social Chairman
  • Pledge Trainer
  • Eminent Deputy Archon
  • Interfraternity Scholastic Honor Society
  • Jack Leathers Christmas Reunion “Secretary”
  • Chapter Advisor, University of Northern Colorado (Colorado Alpha)
  • Founder Member Donor


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (1953-1957; 1969-1974)

  • A.A., 1955; A.B.; Political Science, Economics, 1957; M.A., Public Administration; 1971; C. Phil., Education/Public Policy, 1973
  • Co-Chair with Bob Leslie in the successful campaign for a new Student Union now located in Sproul Plaza
  • Rally Committee member (3 years)
  • Vice President, Stiles Hall
  • Student Judicial Committee
  • Senior Representative-at-Large (ASUC Executive Committee)
  • ASUC President [Board of Regents approved the construction of the new student union; Board of Regents replaced its Rule 17 restricting “free speech” with a student-drafted proposal; hired Pete Elliott to replace retiring football coach “Pappy” Waldorf]
  • Order of the Golden Bear; California Club; Gavel & Quill; and the Californians
  • Cadet Lt. Colonel of the Air Force ROTC Detachment
  • Co-Chair of the California Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Committee that recommended the establishment of the Association’s Young Alumni Program; served as the first Young Alumni representative on the California Alumni Council
  • Councilor and Vice President-at-Large, California Alumni Association
  • Vice President and Alumni Scholarship Chairman, California Alumni Club of Southern Alameda County
  • President, California Alumni Club of Northern Nevada


  • Administrative Analyst, Insurance and Retirement Systems, Office of Personnel and Retirement Systems, University of California System
  • Assistant in Student Affairs, Office of the President, University of California System
  • Associate Research Specialist, Center for Research and Development in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley
  • Associate Executive Director, Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • Assistant Vice President, Academic Planning, State University of New York, University Center at Binghamton
  • Assistant Vice President, University of Northern Colorado
  • Director/Assistant Vice President/Associate Vice President, Planning, Budget and Analysis, University of Nevada, Reno [was the first director of the office that coordinates the development and refinement of the academic, fiscal, and physical planning of the university, develops and allocates its budget, and conducts the studies that describe, analyze, and evaluates its operations and outcomes]
  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Associate Vice President, Planning, Budget and Analysis, University of Nevada, Reno emeritus


  • City of Reno Commission on Arts and Culture
  • Order of DeMolay Legion of Honor
  • Pack PAWS (University of Nevada, Reno, Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics Support Organization) Board of Directors
  • Reno Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors
  • Reno Jazz Orchestra Advisory Board
  • Reno Philharmonic Association Board of Trustees
  • Saint Mary’s Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway Board of Directors
  • University of Nevada, Reno, College of Liberal Arts and School of the Arts Advisory Board
  • Served as the facilitator for the development of strategic plans for the National Judicial College; the Greater Reno Balloon Race; the Reno Philharmonic Association; and the Reno Pops Orchestra
  • United Blood Services: 255 donations