James M. McClelland (MBA'86)
Distinguished Entrepreneur 2011
A native of Florida, Jim has spent nearly all of his professional life with Goodwill Industries. In 1970, following three years of military service, he entered Goodwill Industries of America’s Executive Training Program in Houston. In 1972 he became Executive Vice President of Goodwill Industries in Beaumont TX, following which he accepted the position of Vice President-Operations of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis. Since 1974 Jim has been President and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Goodwill organization which, with 2300 employees and $90 million in revenue, is one of the largest of 160 Goodwill corporations in North America.
Under Jim’s leadership, Goodwill has evolved into a social enterprise that includes in its workforce over 1400 persons whose vocational options are limited by disability, criminal history, or low education level. Goodwill also helps unemployed people find jobs and operates a community service employment program for low income senior citizens. In 2004 Goodwill founded the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, a public charter school focused on helping increase the high school graduation rate in Indianapolis and the percent of graduates who enroll in and complete post-secondary education. In September 2010, Goodwill opened a second high school, The Excel Center, to provide a diploma option for older youth and adults who left school before graduating.
Throughout his career, Jim has been heavily involved in Goodwill Industries nationally and internationally, and for the past several years has helped start new Goodwill organizations in South Korea. In addition, he is Chairman of Workability – Americas and is on the Board of Directors of Workability International.
At the local level, Jim has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Energy Group, a utility company organized as a public charitable trust. He is also on the board of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association and serves as president of the Economic Club of Indiana.
Jim has received numerous awards, including the Kenneth K. King Outstanding Management Award from Goodwill Industries International. In December 2000 he was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by The NonProfit Times, a national business publication for nonprofit management, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Christian Theological Seminary.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.