Dr. J.D. Garvin



Eisenhower School

Dr. J.D. Garvin is the Chair of the Strategic Leadership Department at the Eisenhower School and Certified Executive Coach.  He is the Director for the NDU Executive Leadership and Assessment Program where he leads student self-Assessments in strategic leadership competencies and follow on personal executive coaching.

Dr. Garvin was formerly the Veteran Affairs Executive Director for the Leadership Development where he led leadership development program design, development, and national implementation for 340,000 VA employees.  Prior to DVA, Dr. Garvin served as CEO and President of Pueblo Community College in southwest Colorado where he led 1500 faculty and staff across five campuses in transforming the college system into a 21st Century model in higher education.  During his presidential appointment, JD served on the Governor's Board for Workforce Development, the Southern Colorado Economic Development Commission, the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the Durango/Cortez College Foundation, and selection committee officer for Military Service Academy appointments.

Dr. Garvin is a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force, having served as a senior officer and command pilot in Air Combat Command, US Space Command, Homeland Security, and Air University. During his 30 year career, he has served in 3 combat rotations as a Commander at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. A widely published academic, Dr. Garvin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Public Administration, a Masters in Business Administration, a Doctorate of Higher Education and Leadership, graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Federal Executive Institute. He is certified as an Executive Coach, Federal Acquisition Program and Project Manager, and Alternate Dispute Resolution facilitator.

Research Interests:
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Strategic Leadership Development for Government Executives, and Executive Leadership Resilience