James Colvard, elected in 1985, reflects on his greatest accomplishments from a wide-ranging career in public service.
Reflecting on your career, what are some of the highlights? And what are you working on today?
The highlight of my career was becoming the number two person in the federal personnel system as Deputy OPM under Connie Horner. She is also an Academy member.
An additional highlight to my career was being designated to the rank of Presidential Distinguished Executive by two presidents, Carter and Reagan. I was the first and maybe only person so designated by two presidents. You are only eligible every five years.
I am now retired, live in King George, V.A. and occasionally lecture at UVA on leadership. I play golf in the summer and read in the winter.