James Gran

Title: Lecturer of Business Administration
Dept.: Business Administration

Academic History

  • B.S. (Economics) Iowa State University (1977)
  • J.D. University of Iowa (1980)
  • M.B.A. Drake University (1994)

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 2014

Areas of Expertise

I like to think of myself as the "swiss army knife" of BSAD and ECON. Whenever possible (I hope not too frequently), I try to draw upon my 26 years of experiences working for a law firm, a not-for-profit health insurer (Blue Cross) and a Fortune 500 corporation (Maytag) in the legal, logistics and purchasing professions and my service on boards of directors of not-for-profits and a public water utility.


  • Will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in May 2018 (and they said it wouldn't last)
  • Father of five (1 daughter, 4 sons)
  • Grandfather of four (1 girl, 3 boys)

Personal Interests

  • Family and Pets (1 Australian Shepherd, 1 Terrier mix -- guess who's the boss?)

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Its combination of "small college" academic and "large university" extracurricular opportunities!
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
Besides the students and teaching, being able to use Room 208 Rasmussen as my "office" (most of the time).
Jim Gran