former Governor, Wyoming and Director, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Wyoming
Jim Geringer is fond of saying that he's "an engineer by education, farmer by choice and governor by accident." He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, then spent 10 years active and 12 years reserve service in the US Air Force. Geringer served two terms as Wyoming Governor, during which he focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology. While in office, he chaired the Western Governors' Association and the Education Commission of the States. He served on the GeoSpatial One Stop Board of Directors, the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, the National Commission on Service-Learning, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future and chaired the National Governors Association Technology Task Force. He is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees, Western Governors University. Geringer joined Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in the summer of 2003 as Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies. Governor Geringer and his wife Sherri have five children and ten grandchildren. They reside in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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