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Dr. James I. Van Zummeren, LtCol, USMC (Ret)

 

Current Assignment:
Deputy Director, Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University

Civilian Education:
D.A., Education and Communication: George Mason Univ., VA
M.Ed., Education Leadership and Human Development: George Mason Univ., VA
BS, Speech-Communication and Management: Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, WI
AA, Business Management, Univ. of Wisconsin Fox Valley Center, Menasha, WI

Military Education:
The Basic School
Expeditionary Warfare School (both resident and nonresident programs)
Naval War College (Fleet Seminar Program)
Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Air Force Air War College

Dr. Van Zummeren enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1966.  Upon graduating from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he served in a variety of organizations to include service with the 2d Field Artillery Group, Camp Lejeune, 1st Marines and 1st Military Police Battalion, Republic of Vietnam, and 13th Engineer Battalion, 29 Palms, CA.  In those assignments, Corporal Van Zummeren served as a motor transport mechanic, infantryman, and battalion commander’s driver.  He was released from active service in Feb 1970.
    
Dr. Van Zummeren graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant in December 1975. 

 

After completing The Basic School at Quantico in July 1976, 2dLt Van Zummeren was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune where he served as a platoon commander, executive officer, and commanding officer of Company A.  In July 1979, 1stLt Van Zummeren was transferred to Division Schools, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, where he served as deputy director of the schools.  In July 1980, Capt Van Zummeren assumed duties as Inspector-Instructor, Company F, 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, Milwaukee, WI.  In 1983, Capt Van Zummeren was selected to attend Expeditionary Warfare School.  After graduation, he was sent to Headquarters Marine Corps and served as the Project Officer for the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  During that assignment, Capt Van Zummeren completed the 3-year Naval War College Fleet seminar program held at the Navy Yard, Washington, DC.  In 1987, Major Van Zummeren was selected and attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College.  In 1988, Major Van Zummeren was assigned as the operations officer, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines.  In May 1990, he was transferred to the G-3 staff, 1st Marine Division as the assistant plans officer.  Upon returning from Desert Shield/Storm in 1991, Major Van Zummeren was assigned to Expeditionary Warfare School where he served as a faculty advisor, instructor, and Head of Operations Department.  In 1993, LtCol Van Zummeren was selected for command and transferred to Marine Security Guard Battalion and assigned as Company G’s commanding officer stationed in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa.  In 1995, LtCol Van Zummeren was transferred to Plans, Programs, & Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps where he served as the Head of Current Operations Section.  In 1997 he was selected to attend the Air Force’s Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  Upon graduating in 1998, he was transferred to the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University where he served as faculty advisor, instructor, and deputy director.  In 2001, LtCol Van Zummeren retired from the Marine Corps and assumed duties as the Dean of Academics with the College of Distance Education and Training, Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA.  In 2004, Mr. Van Zummeren earned his doctorate degree from George Mason University.  From Nov 2008 to Sep 2012, Dr. Van Zummeren served as the Director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University.  On 4 Sep 2012, Dr. Van Zummeren was appointed a Professor of Leadership and the Deputy 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.