JAMES BECKHAM, Acting Director
James B. Beckham is a graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. His U. S. Coast Guard career included postings in Drug Interdiction, Search and Rescue, Communications and Aids to Navigation in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, with a special assignment to the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm. He served aboard four buoy tenders, closing with a Commanding Officer assignment in Cordova, Alaska and remains a licensed Captain today. For nearly a decade thereafter, Jim served as Harbormaster for the City of Seward. He left public service to become Vice President, Operations of Harbor Enterprises Inc, one of the largest privately owned fuel distribution companies in Alaska. He was responsible for shore facilities, marine operations and regulatory compliance from Ketchikan to Kodiak and in the Yukon Territory. He served in that capacity for over ten years. Later, Jim managed planning and support services for the startup of the non-profit Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. He has served on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council’s Port Operations & Vessel Traffic Systems committee, as Vice Chair of the Planning Commission in Cordova, Alaska and as President of the Alaska Fuel Storage and Handlers Alliance. He currently serves on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Petroleum Engineering Department’s Industry Advisory Board. Jim and his wife Cheryl have one daughter, born and raised in Alaska, who is a mechanical engineer. He is an avid outdoors man and enjoys hunting all over Alaska.