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Dr. James Hagler Jr - DPA, MSS

James Hagler Jr

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Services

Phone: 478.934.7364

  • Cochran - Wiggs Hall - 4
    Phone: 478-934-7364
Office Hours: Spring Hours: TBA
Summer Hours: By Appointment Only
Biography: James began as Assistant Professor for Sport Management on August 1, 2019 after over 9 years with the institution. James joined Middle Georgia State University in March of 2010 as the Director of Recreation and Wellness and joined Athletics in 2013 and moved his office to Cochran. In his time with the institution, he has overseen the design and development of the Recreation & Wellness Center on the Macon campus and worked on the committee to move the athletic program from NJCAA to NAIA. He has overseen all game operations, sports information, website, social media, recreation & wellness professional staff, and club sports. James has worked in the start up of both the NCFA Football program and the IHSA Equestrian program. James completed his Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) with a concentration in Sport Management at Valdosta State University. His dissertation topic is Consolidation in the University System of Georgia and was completed on 10/28/21.
Courses: Fall 2021
SMGT 3400 - Intro to Sports & Fitness Management
SMGT 4010 - Legal Aspects of Sport Management
SMGT 4440 - Sports Operations and Facilities Management
SMGT 4605 - Internship

Spring 2022
SMGT 3400 - Intro to Sports & Fitness Management
SMGT 4020 - Financial Aspects of Sport Management
SMGT 4030 - Sport Marketing and Communication
SMGT 4010 - Legal Aspects of Sport Management
SMGT 4605 - Internship

Summer 2022
SMGT 3400 - Intro to Sports & Fitness Management
SMGT 4010 - Legal Aspects of Sport Management
SMGT 3900 - Health Promotion and Education
SMGT 6010 - Online Sport Administration (MSM Program)
Education: Doctorate of Public Administration, Valdosta State University, completed October 2021
24 Hours complete in Ed.D. in Sports Management Leadership at United States Sports Academy
Masters of Sports Science, Sports Management with emphasis in NCAA Compliance, United States Sports Academy, 2009
Masters of Sports Science, Sports Coaching, United States Sports Academy, 2009
Bachelors of Business Administration, Business Management, Columbus State University, 2007
CV: 8/1/19-Present - Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Middle Georgia State University
3/15/10-7/31/19 - Associate Director of Athletics, Middle Georgia State University
(3/15/10-1/5/13 - Director of Recreation & Wellness, Macon State College)
14 months during the period spent as Interim Director of Athletics
2/1/09-2/28/10 - Substitute Teacher, Marion County School District, GA
2/15/09-3/14/10 - Director of Operations, Doug Blevins Kicking & Punting School
11/1/07-1/31/09 - District Sales Coordinator, Aflac, FL
10/29/01-10/31/07 - Customer Service Specialist, Aflac, GA
Professional Experience: Middle Georgia State University
3 Years as Director of Recreation & Wellness
6 Years 5 Months as Associate Director of Athletics & Recreation
14 months as Interim Director of Athletics in 2 stints

9 Years in insurance industry in multiple roles
6 Years as Tennis League Director with World Team Tennis
13 Years as Adjunct Faculty at two institutions
Professional Affiliations: United States Sports Academy (USSA) Alumni Association
NIRSA - National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (2010-2018)
NASSM - North American Society for Sport Management (2007-2015)

Organizations: Cochran Lodge No. 217 F&AM, Cochran, GA.
Al Sihah Shriners, Macon, GA
Awards and Honors: Middle Georgia State University Student Affairs Unsung Hero Award - 2019
Valdosta State University Honor Society
Publications: Presentation at Valdosta State Research Symposium: https://youtu.be/qII2rpf1toc

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