James Mitchell is originally from Chicago and earned two degrees (BA in English and MSEd in Adult Education) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He moved to Muncie in 2000 to work at Ball State University.
Since 2019, James Mitchell serves as the Director of HR and Employee Experience at Minnetrista, a 40 acre museum and gardens that celebrates the legacy of the Ball families and their company which transformed food preservation at the beginning of the 20th century.
Professionally, James volunteers as the Director of Programs and Workforce Readiness with the East Central Indiana Human Resources Association (ECIHRA) and as vice chair on the board with Muncie Habitat for Humanity.
In his free time, James enjoys playing video games, travel, the arts (live theater and museums especially) and learning new things. He and his dog, Lady, live in Muncie.