R. James Coleman
Jim Coleman was born and raised in southern Idaho. He earned a bachelor's (’75) and a master's (’76) in civil engineering at the University of Idaho. Coleman started his career with J-U-B Engineers, Inc. in Nampa, Idaho as a design engineer and then moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 1978, and continued to perform engineering work as a project engineer and project manager. For the next six years he served as the city engineer for eight communities in the Twin Falls area. In 1980, Coleman was named assistant regional manager and in 1984, he was named the regional manager for the J-U-B Coeur d’Alene office.
In 1986, regional manager duties were expanded to include oversight of the Kennewick, Wash., office and Coleman’s responsibilities grew to include personnel management, business development as well as project management. Coleman was elected to the J-U-B Engineers, Inc. Board of Directors in 1985, elected to be president of J-U-B in 1990 and subsequently assumed the role of president/CEO. Under Coleman’s leadership J-U-B grew from 70 employees in five offices to 300 employees in eleven offices.
In 2005, after working for J-U-B for 29 years, Coleman started his own firm, Coleman Engineering, Inc. (CE). Coleman Engineering is a civil engineering consulting firm specializing in value analysis on engineering projects, water and wastewater projects, commercial and residential development, infrastructure design, project management and public relations on community development projects. Coleman Engineering is located in North Idaho and serves Idaho and Wyoming private and public clients of all sizes.
Coleman Engineering has been active in conducting value engineering studies for schools, infrastructure facilities and public buildings throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. For the Wyoming School Facilities Commission they provided value engineering and analysis on their new and renovated schools throughout the state. CE developed a team of professionals from various disciplines to carefully evaluate each new and renovated school to find solutions to reducing capital and long term costs for school facility. This work has resulted in many projects being completed below budget with lower life cycle costs while providing the projects with high performance and sustainable design features.
In 2007, Governor Otter appointed Coleman to the Idaho Transportation Board as the District 1 representative and his knowledge and expertise in civil engineering, as well as extensive experience in aviation have contributed to its success. The board is concerned with Idaho airports, ports, roads, bridges and railroads. Coleman also sits on the Inland Pacific HUB which promotes international trade through airports, ports, and railroads. He is also a governor-appointed member of the Idaho EPSCoR Advisory Committee.
Throughout his career, Coleman has also volunteered his time on local and state committees and boards. These include having served as chairman, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, chairman UI College of Engineering advisory board, Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene board of directors, Coeur d’Alene/Spokane regional chair, UI Cornerstone of Innovation Campaign, president, North Idaho College (NIC) Foundation, Excel Foundation board of directors, chairman Idaho Engineering Education Advisory Board, president, Idaho Youth Soccer Association, member, Governor’s Science & Technology Committee and University of Idaho North Idaho Advisory Committee, tri-chair, NIC Foundation Community Campaign and cabinet member, Kroc Community Center Capital Campaign. Coleman’s community service also includes water and wastewater projects completed through Rotary International in Central America and Africa.
Coleman is married to Jerre (Clayton) Coleman (B.A., French, ‘76 UI), also an Idaho native. They have two children, Courtney and Vincent, and reside in Hayden, Idaho.