James Garrison


James Garrison

Registrar and Assistant Professor

BA; Speech Communication and Human Relations, 1990, MidAmerica Nazarene University
MA; Communications, 1996, Wichita State University
EdD; Higher Education Leadership, in Progress, Northcentral University


“This verse reminds me that at the most basic level, my Christian walk is about relationship with God, about allowing myself to be influenced, molded, and guided by Him, As I open myself up to his presence and leading, I become able to see and do His will. The whole idea of abiding with God and 'hanging out' with him moment by moment is so fulfilling and meaningful.

John 15:5 - 'He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.'" 

—James Garrison

Awards & Honors
Involvement at MNU

Awards & Honors

  • Administrator of the Year, MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2006


  • Moran, C. D., Garrison J., & Shirkey, D. (2008). Mutual responsibility and moral community: Campus discipline at Christian colleges and universities. Religion and Education, Vol. 35, No. 1
  • Garrison, J. (1997). Community living and relationships. In F. Moore & P. Hendrickson (Eds.), Quest for Success: A College Guide for Freshmen, (p. 19-40), MidAmerica Nazarene University. [Published for institutional Use]


  • Attendee, 113th Annual Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Finding Common Ground: Accreditation, Assessment, and Accountability, Chicago, Illinois (4/11-4/15/08)
  • Attendee, Annual Conferences of The Association for Christians in Student Development (1993 - 2003; 2005 - 2007)
  • Attendee, National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Conference on Student Affairs Assessment, Atlanta, Georgia (6/2-6/3/06)
  • Presenter, The Retention Management system at MNU: Intervention and Student Success, The National Conference on Student Retention, Noel/Levitz, Washington, D.C. (7/8/97)
  • Presenter, Support Services and Retention: Working Together for Student Success, Annual Meeting of the Association for Christians in Student Development, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (6/4/96)
  • Presenter, Involving Students in the Judicial Process, Annual Meeting of the Association for Christians in Student Development, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA (6/8/94)
  • Presenter, Campus Audit Research Report for MidAmerica Nazarene University, Annual Meeting of the Association for Christians in Student Development, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA (6/7/94)
  • Presenter, Forming and Implementing an Effective Cultural Audit, Annual Meeting of the Nazarene Student Leadership Association, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS (1/20/94)
  • Presenter, Positioning Students for Success: The Role of a Retention Committee, Symposium for student Assessment, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS (2/28/92)

Involvement at MNU

  • Chair, Academic Exceptions Committee (2008 - present)
  • Chair, Registration Team (2008 - present)
  • Chair, Non-Academic Assessment Committee (2008 - 2010)
  • Chair, Task Force for Diversity and Gender Equity (1995-1996)
  • Chair, University Judicial Appeals Council (1993 - 2008)
  • Chair, Student Success Council (1994 -1999)
  • Co-Chair, Institutional Self-Study Committee (2005-2007)
  • Member, NAIA Ligislation Review Committee (2013-present)
  • Member, Athletic Eligibility Team (2008-present)
  • Member, Academic Affairs Cabinet (2013 -Present)
  • Member, NAIA Registrar's Association (2010-present)
  • Member, Graduate Council (2009 - present)
  • Member, Campus Outcomes Assessment Facilitation Team (2006-present)
  • Member, University Benefits Committee (2003 - 2007)
  • Member, BANNER Implementation Group (1995 - 2010)
  • Member, Student Life Council (1994 -2008)
  • Faculty Advisor, Gospel Station Service Club (2005-2007)
  • Facilitator, Spiritual Mentor Group (2005)

Contact MNU

Main Campus
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Phone: 913.782.3750
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Santa Fe Commons Site
13563 South Mur-len Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: 913.971.3800
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Liberty Site
105 N. Stewart Ct., Suite 210
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.407.3070
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Office Hours
Most University offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.