James V. Koch is Board of Visitors Professor of Economics Emeritus and President Emeritus at Old Dominion University. He served as President of the University of Montana (1986-1990) and Old Dominion University (1990-2001) and was named one of the 100 most effective college presidents in the United States.  He  is a graduate of Illinois State (1964) and Northwestern (1969).

Dr. Koch has published fourteen books and 110 articles in refereed journals. His research has focused primarily upon applied microeconomics topics.  His book The Caterpillar Way McGraw-Hill,  2014) made the New York Times Top Ten in Business.  His most recent books are The Impoverishment of the American College student (Brookings Institution, 2018), Runaway College Costs (Johns Hopkins U, 2019), and Vital and Valuable (Columbia U, 2023).  His article dealing with the upward economic mobility of students will appear in the American Economic Review in May.  Omari Swinton is the co-author of the latter two items.

Dr. Koch has served as a consultant/expert witness for more than 100 legal firms, corporations, universities, and frequently for the U.S. Department of Justice.