James I. Van Zummeren, Ph.D.

Deputy Director
Lejeune Leadership Institute
LtCol, USMC (Ret.)

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 432-4675
Areas of Interest: Education

Civilian Education

D.A. Education and Communication, George Mason University
M.Ed. Education Leadership and Human Development, George Mason University
B.S. Speech-Communication and Management, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
A.A. Business Management, University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Center


Military Education

Air Force Air War College
Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Naval War College (Fleet Seminar Program)
Expeditionary Warfare School (both resident and nonresident programs)
The Basic School
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego


Major Assignments

1966 Enlisted in Marine Corps
Multiple billets, including Motor Transport Mechanic, Infantryman, and Battalion Commander’s Driver
2d Field Artillery Group, Camp Lejeune

1st Marines and 1st Military Police Battalion, Republic of Vietnam

13th Engineer Battalion, 29 Palms, CA

1970 Released from active service

1975 Commissioned as 2ndLt

1976 Platoon Commander, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune

1979 Deputy Director of Schools, Division Schools, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa

1980 Inspector-Instructor, Company F, 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, Milwaukee, WI

1983 Student, Expeditionary Warfare School

Project Officer for the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, Headquarters Marine Corps
(completed the 3-year Naval War College Fleet seminar program held at the Navy Yard, Washington, DC.)

1987 Student, Command and Staff College

1988 Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines

1990 Assitant Plans Officer (G-3 staff), 1st Marine Division
(Desert Shield/Storm)

1991 Faculty Advisor, Instructor, Head of Operations Department, Expeditionary Warfare School

1993 Commanding Officer, Company G, Marine Security Guard Battalion, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa

1995 Head of Current Operations Section, Plans, Programs, & Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps

1997 Student, Air Forces Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

1998 Faculty Advisor, Instructor, Deputy Director, Marine Corps War College®

2001 Dean of Academics with the College of Distance Education and Training, Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA

2008-2012 Professor of Leadership and Director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University

In addition to having taught at the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School (formerly Amphibious Warfare School) and Marine Corps War College, Dr. Van Zummeren was also an adjunct professor having taught at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA—Woodbridge) and George Mason University.


Marine Corps University