James Nolan, Ph.D.
Dr. Nolan has been the president of Southwestern College since June of 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1989 after pursuing graduate studies in English and Irish Literature. Indeed, in addition to humanistic psychology luminaries such as Carl Rogers and Carl Jung, Dr. Nolan’s early views on psychology were influenced heavily by the likes of Shakespeare, James Joyce, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Hesse, Jack Kerouac, and Taoist literature. Unfettered by the narrow constraints of so-called “scientific evidence”, these visionaries could ask the great questions of the Spirit, and could receive Truth in whatever form it appeared, scientific or mystical.
During Dr. Nolan’s tenure at Southwestern College, the school built an Art Therapy Complex, added several professional certificate programs, was granted a ten year re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, and has enrolled its largest class ever. In addition, he has been working toward compiling a “History of Quimby/Southwestern College.” His vision is to grow the College and its influence in the world, while keeping it consciously aligned with its historical lineage, its more recent roots, and its unique mission. In addition to his many years in administration, Dr. Nolan has a long professional history in teaching, clinical work and supervision. One of his passions is to work within a Consciousness-based paradigm, while also staying in close touch with current developments in the professions of Counseling and Art Therapy, so that the career and employment needs of students are paramount in all decisions made at Southwestern College.
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