Jim Schuessler, President/CEO
Jim Schuessler joined Yuma Multiversity Campus Corporation (YMVC) in February of 2020 with an initial directive to establish a non-profit corporation and to engage higher education, primary employers, elected officials, and mission-related non-profits about the YMVC Board’s vision to increase local access to higher education and increased successful degree and certificate outcomes.
Prior to joining YMVC, Schuessler served the past decade in Business Development and Executive Director roles in economic development non-profit organizations where he excelled in the development and execution of business retention and expansion programs, assisting local units of government with primary employer prospects, development and execution of new municipal incentive programs, development and implementation of local loan fund programs with total capitalization of over $20 million, and the initial scoping and development of an Innovation District designed to converge higher education, primary employers and prospective talent.
Prior to economic development service, Schuessler’s first career mission was in television broadcasting, where he rose from the rank of entry level sales to Chief Executive Officer over the course of over two decades.
Schuessler is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His wife, Karla, is an elementary educator at Desert View Academy of Yuma. Two of their three adult children have also established professional careers in Arizona.
Schuessler is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through International Economic Development Council and an Economic Development Financial Professional (EDFP) through National Development Council.