Jim Carr joined the NAIA in July 1998 as Managing Director and General Counsel and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, while retaining the title of General Counsel, in 2000. In September 2006 Carr became the seventh President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAIA.
Before joining the NAIA, Jim practiced law with the firm of Maynard, Cooper and Gale, P.C. in Birmingham, AL from 1994-1998. His primary areas of practice were public finance, corporate and intellectual property. He also worked in the athletics development office and served as Director of Licensing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1989-1991.
Jim obtained a B.B.A. in business administration from Millsaps College in 1988, where he was named to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1990, Jim earned an M.S. in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2009. He completed his J.D. at Duke University in 1994 and received an honorary doctorate from Webber International University in 2014.
Jim serves or has served on various boards and councils, including:
- USA Basketball
- Kansas City Life
- Baptist Trinity Lutheran Foundation
- Police Athletic League of Kansas City
- Missouri Bank and Trust (2007-2016)
- NAIA Champions of Character Foundation
- National Association of Collegiate eSports
- Millsaps Board of Visitors
Jim and his wife, Raquel, have three children: Sofia (18), Janie (17) and Andrew (15).