James Chimenti

James Chimenti
Joined JCC
Social Sciences & Business
Primary Campus
Jamestown Campus
229 HULT
Phone Number
Director, Business; Professor, Business

My name is Jim Chimenti. I am a full-time faculty member, hold the rank of professor, and I am the director of the business programs at Jamestown Community College.

Professional profile

I have been teaching at JCC since 1981. Some of those years were part-time while I was working as the controller for a manufacturing company in Jamestown. I earned a BA degree in mathematics from Grove City College in Grove City, PA and an MBA from Gannon University in Erie, PA. The title of my masters’ thesis is “The Effects of Leadership Style and Strength of Power Motivation on the Job Satisfaction of Accounting Personnel.” I have done other graduate studies in creative problem solving, group processes and measurements and assessments at Buffalo State and accounting, finance and MIS at St. Bonaventure. I have also completed the testing and experience requirements for the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) designation. I was originally hired at JCC to teach accounting, corporate finance, and business math/quantitative techniques related courses. Later, I started teaching Principles of Management and Management and Organizational Behavior and have been teaching those two courses for over 20 years. Other courses I teach are Leadership Development and Student Success Seminar. I have also been very involved with JCC’s Workforce Readiness division, providing consulting and training services to many organizations in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. 

I have also been very involved with several not-for-profit organizations for many years. Most notably, I have recently resigned from the Board of Directors of The Resource Center after 20 years of service and served as a board committee volunteer. I currently serve on the board of Filling the Gap, Inc. When my children were younger, I was on the board of the local Babe Ruth Baseball League and the Southwestern High School football boosters.

Personal profile 

I am and have been happily married to the same wonderful woman for over 40 years. I have three grown sons. Two of them have degrees from JCC and the third transferred before finishing his degree. All three earned bachelor degrees from SUNY schools. The oldest has a bachelor's degree and an MS in Biology from SUNY Fredonia and has a second master's degree from Edinboro University; the middle son has a BS from SUNY Geneseo, a BS from SUNY Fredonia, and completed an MS degree in applied mathematics at Clemson University; and the youngest has a BA from SUNY Cortland and is a sales professional. I have 3 grandsons and 3 granddaughters.

In my spare time I love to hunt and fish. I spend as much time as I can in the woods in Chautauqua County and northern and central Pennsylvania hunting for turkey and deer. My favorite season is the primitive firearm season in PA where you can only use flintlock rifles. I have the whole forest to myself. As for fishing, I spend many hours during the fall and spring steelhead fishing in Chautauqua Creek near Westfield, NY; ice fishing on Chautauqua Lake for walleye and perch in the winter; and spending time in my canoe during the summer. I love when the grandchildren can join in the outdoor fun. I am a diehard Clemson football fan, having been converted when my son was a student there.

Degree Field of Study Institution
M.B.A. Finance and Management Gannon University
B.A. Mathematics Grove City College
No degree Finance, Advance Auditing, MIS St. Bonaventure University
No degree Creative Problem Solving, Group Facilitation, Creative Assessment and Measurements State University College at Buffalo
Academic Interests
  • Accounting and finance
  • Creative problem solving and facilitation
  • Leadership
  • Management and organizational behavior


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