Patrick McCallum


Patrick McCallum has devoted much of his life to advocating for others and facilitating the change they want to see in the world. A visionary leader, Patrick excels at helping community colleges and universities to see new possibilities in a situation, and to persist in the strategic action necessary to make a difference.

Described as "an amazing strategist with integrity and persistence," Patrick is a widely recognized expert on higher education issues across the country, and considered one of the most savvy, influential lobbyists in the industry. His analysis of policy issues and legislation is highly regarded and sought after for its relevancy, accuracy and timeliness. Prior to this, he led multiple strategic planning projects for higher education institutions around the world, including the University of Liberia in West Africa.

Patrick has founded PreparED Learning, serves on the National Board of Governors of Coro, and is married to Judy Sakaki, President of Sonoma State University.



James Walton

Vice President

James Walton is the Vice President of CBT and manages the day-to-day operations including sales, marketing, and business development.

Prior to this role, Mr. Walton has consulted in numerous academic engagements, covering universities, community colleges, and government organizations. He previously served as the Vice President of Business Development at Science & Technology Campus Corporation (SciTech) at The Ohio State University, where he was responsible for leading all business development initiatives in the future development of the research park. He also served as the Associate Director of Strategic Relations in the Office of the President and The Office of Economic & Workforce Development at The Ohio State University. 


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W. James Jacob

Vice President of Innovation and International

Dr. W. James Jacob is the Vice President of Innovation and International at CBT. He has extensive administrative experience in higher education professional development and training programs, establishing international partnerships, and external research and program funding opportunities. His international networks span every major global region, where he has helped forge sustainable partnerships with universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and alumni groups. 

Dr. Jacob holds master’s degrees in Organizational Behavior (Marriott School of Management) and International Development (Kennedy Center for International Studies) from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.