Jim Savard

Senior Core Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Dr. Savard is a retired Navy Captain who served as the Commanding Officer of VS-71, an anti-submarine squadron, and a retired Eastern Air Lines commercial pilot and airline captain where he served as a Captain on the Boeing 727 aircraft, was Assistant Fleet Manager for the Airbus –300 aircraft and was a Check Airman and instructor on the B-727 and A-300 aircraft. Jim has over 18,000 accident and incident free flight hours and has accomplished over 400 day and night aircraft carrier landings on various U.S. Navy and British ships. Dr. Savard was awarded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Group Achievement Award in 1998 from the NASA Administrator, Daniel Goldin, for “significantly impacting the safety and efficiency of airport surface operation in all-weather conditions through the development, integration, and demonstration of key navigation and situation awareness technologies.”

Dr. Savard has served as the Senior Research Professor for the School of Business and Technical Management at Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Dr. Savard currently serves as a Senior Core Faculty Member for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program at Walden University. Jim also served on the DBA Petitions Committee and was a member of the Walden University Institutional Review Board (IRB). Dr. Savard has over 25-years’ experience with three Fortune 500 companies, 18 in management and leadership capacities, and was President and Chief Executive Officer for AvEx International, Corporation, a subcontractor to Federal Express Home Delivery. Jim also has served as the Center Faculty Chairman for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Savard is a 1965 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and Leadership. Jim has also been awarded a Master of Science in Management from Regis University with cognates in Organizational Development, Management, and Leadership; a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with cognates in Management and Aeronautical Science; and he has acquired Advanced Certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Denver University. Dr. Savard earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2007 with specializations in Management and Aeronautical Science.

Courses Taught

DDBA 9000-9001 - Doctoral Study Completion


PhD, Northcentral University

MS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

MS, Regis University

BS, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Advanced Certification - Geographic Information Systems (GIS), University of Denver

Public Service

Denver Rescue Mission, Organizer - Denver

Wounded Warrior Project, Organizer - Denver

Love in Action, Participant - Highlands Ranch

Katrina's Kitchen, Organizer - Pass Christian

FOB:6-8, Member - Lone Tree

Awards / Honors

Rita Turner Award, Walden Universtiy, 2018

Rita Turner Award, Walden University, 2017

WOODS Program, Walden University, 2013

2015 - Outstanding DBA Doctoral Study of the Year, Walden University, 2015


Savard, J. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Verities of the Enhanced Standards Provided by the Legislation .


Savard, J. (2014). Homeland Security, Business Continuity, and Business First Responders: Much More than Lines at the Airport. Naval Postgraduate School - University and Agency Partnership Initiative

Savard, J. (2012). Duty, Honor, Country - Educating Heroes. Department of Defense

Savard, J. (2004). The Modular Incorporation of Digital Taxi Charts into the Air Traffic Management System. SAE