James E. (Jim) Campbell

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Jim Campbell, a Maryville native and an Oak Ridge resident for over 30 years, is president of the East Tennessee Economic Council and a Fellow at the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. He is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Knoxville, and graduated from Leadership Oak Ridge in 1991.

Campbell started his career in the newspaper business, serving in various positions with The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge’s daily newspaper since the end of the Manhattan Project. He was editor of the newspaper from 1989 to 1994. During that time he was also a contributing editor to the “Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy,” a publication of the University of Tennessee’s Energy, Environment and Research Center. Campbell also assisted in the publication of two books on Oak Ridge history.

Currently serving on the boards of the American Museum of Science and Energy, the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, East Tennessee Quality Growth, and First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, Campbell is the past chairman of the United Way of Anderson County, and a former member of the boards of the Tennessee Humanities Council,  and the Oak Ridge Sister City Support Group.

Jim is married to Priscilla Campbell, recently retired from ORAU, and has three daughters:  Elise, a mechanical engineer working in Annapolis, MD; Amelia, an engineer, and Claire, a graduate student in soil science at the University of Wisconsin.