Meet Our Director


Jim Fernandez is currently the Director of the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University, Co-Chairman of the Food and Agricultural Protection Training Consortium (FAPTC) and Past Chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). He was on the Board of Directors of the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) in Battle Creek, MI from 2009 to 2015.

Jim has held numerous leadership positions at LSU and has been with the University since 1991. Besides his work at LSU, Fernandez has held leadership positions at the University of Vermont, the State University of New York, Arizona State University, LSU Health Sciences Center and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department.

Jim has a MBA from the University of South Dakota and two undergraduate degrees from LSU, one in Quantitative Business Analysis and the other in Management. He earned his commission in the Air Force through the LSU AFROTC Program and was a Distinguished Graduate. While on active duty, he was a Combat Crew Commander in the 67 Missile Squadron, 44th Missile Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

Jim is a native of Gretna, Louisiana and is married with no children.