PHOTO:Jack Presbury, Ph.D.

Jack Presbury, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


  • Ph.D University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S. University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S. University of Central Missouri


  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia
  • I attended the University of Central Missouri and the University of Kansas for my undergraduate studies, and the University of Pittsburgh for my master’s and doctorate degrees in Counselor Education.
  • Besides my higher-ed teaching, I have been a warehouse worker, a line-worker in manufacturing plants, a retail store manager, a high school teacher and counselor, a psychiatric technician, and a mental health psychologist/case coordinator.
  • My college teaching experience includes: The State University of New York at Brockport, Lyndon State College in Vermont, Middle Tennessee State University, and over 32 years at JMU
  • I have been a writer of over 500 songs, and co-author of a number of professional books, book chapters, and journal articles.
  • I am a native of Kansas City and an ardent fan of the Chiefs football team. I am most proud of my membership in the award-winning JMU Counseling Program, and grateful for my close and collaborative friendships with my colleagues.
  • I have received the National Award for Publication in Counselor Education from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. I am also the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Madison Scholar Award from the College of Education and Psychology at James Madison University.

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