James Long has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville, a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Grace University. Prior to joining the Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences in a full-time capacity, Professor Long taught on an adjunct basis at Grace University, Central Virginia Community College, Calvary Chapel Bible College, and Liberty University.
Professor Long served for 23 years in the United States Navy as a submarine warfare officer, where he served as the Chief Engineer Officer aboard a Trident Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine and as Executive Officer on a Fast Attack Submarine. In addition to earning the right to wear the gold dolphins of the submarine force, Professor Long qualified for Command at Sea and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal on three occasions and the Navy Achievement Medal on two occasions. He served as the Fleet Protocol Officer on the staff of the United States Naval Central Command in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Storm / Desert Shield.
Upon his retirement from the Navy, Professor Long worked professionally ten years in the commercial nuclear power industry as a project manager and Engineering and Plant Performance Department Head at a nuclear power generation site. He has also served over eleven years in the Christian Broadcast Radio industry in a variety of roles, including Station Manager, Network Operations Director, and Network General Manager. Immediately prior to his current appointment, Professor Long served as the IT Project Process Manager at Liberty. He currently holds a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Professor Long has been married to his wife Roxanne for over 43 years. Together, they have two children and five grandchildren. He enjoys serving in the local church as an adult discipleship teacher and loves to play golf in his spare time. He has in the past also been active in Rotary International and is a past president of the Johnson-Nemaha Habitat for Humanity chapter.