About Dr. James Parham

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He’s pudgy and arrogant; sleep deprived and follows the first rule of public relations: honesty.

When you had that professor in college who waltzed in with a smug look on his/her face suggesting that the “real world” is a little different than the insulated euphoria of college, you probably dismissed him/her and went back to reading the college’s daily rag newspaper.

If you actually looked behind that fat and puffy face, though, you may find someone who has 30 years of experience hiring and firing public relations professionals. That person may also have a degree or two to back up his/her wild assertions.

Dr. James Parham is the president and chief executive officer for Hirons & Company Communications. During his past years, he has handled public relations, crisis communications, and overall marketing and strategic communications for some of the nation’s largest private companies and government agencies.

Jim is a former assistant vice president of the nation’s largest employee-owned technology firm, Science Applications International Corp., based in La Jolla, Calif. Jim also served as chief of staff for the National Park Service, a $4 billion federal agency. A native Hoosier, Jim has considerable experience in handling national media such as “60 Minutes,” “Nightline,” The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Jim’s specialty is organizing campaigns aimed at changing the perceptions of mass audiences. Through the executive loan program based at Indiana University, Jim also served 19 months as director of Indy Parks – creating the popular “bark parks” for dog owners and completing $40 million in new facilities including the Holliday Park Nature Center.

He taught public and media relations at Indiana University for 17 years.

Jim has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ball State, with concentrations in natural resources and journalism. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from American University School of Public Affairs.

Please visit Hirons & Company online at www.hirons.com.

6 thoughts on “About Dr. James Parham

  1. Hey Jim,

    I might be your only reader, but I really like your blog. In fact, I am going to use some of your tips as questions when I interview 15+ people for a communications specialist position in my office.


  2. Jocelyn is not your only reader! I love your blog and will recommend it to all my PR students. Loved the entry on passive v. aggressive writing. Just picked up a good book called “Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words” by Bruce Ross-Larson. It’s all about punching up and paring down your writing. I think you’d like it!

  3. I check here at least once a day to see if you’ve updated the blog. Having graduated from ISU with my B.S. in PR and I’ve found it extremely difficult to find any employment in the field. I can’t even find any sort of internship to get my foot in the door. Reading your blog is about the only thing that keeps me in the loop.

  4. Jim,

    I was fortunate enough to have been a student and intern for you. It is good to see how far Hirons has come over the past nine years. I really enjoyed my brief time there. I was just talking with a co-worker the other day about one of the classroom activities that you gave us. Keep up the good work.


  5. Hey Jim,
    Great website. Loved having you as a professor at IU, I really learned a lot. Keep up the good work.


  6. The U.S and Canada certainly do have a hirtosy, it just not as long as the hirtosy as Europe and Arab hirtosy or most places in the world. When the British forefathers took over the U.S or Canada even, they have miltitary superiority( only the European countries at that time had firearms) so this advantage they fairly easily took control away from the Natives. I am from Canada and I know that British and French were fighting to conquer Canada, originally they were fighting just the natives but eventually the natives began taking sides with either the British or the French who promised if they win, the natives will have a piece of land for themselves, so really the natives really could not have a battle with any of these 2 European countries and hope to win. Every country combatants/ warriors/ etc was a serious mismatch for the might of an European country. The time to conquer North America did not take very long where as other parts of the world, it tooks a long time to conquer such a large area like almost an entire continent, several life times, or generations and the ruler who could do this is considered the Great cause of superior miltitary planning, the people who you conquer eventually need to approve of you and accept you as reasonable or otherwise they will fight with you and you will lose control. Sometimes they will have form alliances to avoid fighting since no one has tools that are so much more superior than the other force.It take more to form an Empire or whatever somewhere else, because the British were so superior miltitarywise, they never did have to compromise with any one, they easily force their will aganist the weaker opponents, every other native group the British fought with, easily lost, there were no deterents. Every one in the world who fought aganist them had to accept bad conditions as the losers. The Indians were put on reserves which is the crappiest land that you can not grow anything on.In the Arab world large areas were broken up into many smaller pieces, divided in such way invites conflict between the newly appointed countries. The political borders that separates the European countries are based on certain ideas that countries are separated by mountains or some landform that makes sense but the new boundaries of other parts of the world that were decide by the European countries do not make sense, you could cross the street and be entering another countries so needless to say, there are lots of armed conflict between different countries in the Middle East or Africa.Europe and the Arab world really do have more hirtosy than America. As for learning from mistakes on how to get along, Americans or Canadians really do not need to get along, if they make decisions that natives do not like, that is no deterrent.

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