Jim Hamilton has a long association with Okanagan College. He began his career with the institution in 1980 teaching English in what then served as the Vernon Campus: the old Canadian Forces army barracks.
Prior to becoming President, Hamilton was actively engaged in the College, having served as member of the Okanagan University College Board of Governors, a faculty member, and as the Regional Dean of the North Okanagan. Hamilton has also worked for School District 22 as an administrator and served a term as a school trustee. He became President of Okanagan College in 2004, and his term was recently extended to 2017.
Currently, he serves as Chair of the BC Council for International Education. He has also served as Chair of the Trades Training Consortium of British Columbia and Chair of BC Colleges. Additional posts include his position as Board member of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, member of the British Columbia Council for Admissions and Transfer, and Director of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.
He holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Queen’s University.