Governor of Wyoming (1995-2003)
Jim Geringer received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, then spent 10 years active and 12 years reserve service in the US Air Force working on unmanned space programs for both the Department of Defense and NASA. His projects included remote sensing satellites, the GPS system (NAVSTAR), Mars Viking Lander, and NASA HEAO.
Upon leaving active duty, he served as contract administrator for the construction of a 1700 megawatt coal-fired electric power generation plant near Wheatland Wyoming, then took up agricultural pursuits along with serving in the Wyoming Legislature from 1983 to 1994, including six years each in the House and the Senate.
Mr. Geringer served two terms as Wyoming Governor, from 1995-2003, during which he focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology, modernizing Wyoming’s economic base to extensively include technology, changing how natural resource agencies among state, federal and local governments worked together, establishing community-based health and family services programs and implementing strategic planning and information systems. While in office, he chaired of the Western Governors’ Association, the Education Commission of the States, was lead governor on energy policy and served on a variety of national and regional education and technology initiatives.
He was a member of the Committee on America’s Climate Choices under the National Academies, served on the Mapping Sciences Committee under the National Research Council; current member of the Community Resilience Committee under Oak Ridge National Laboratories; NASA PNT Advisory Committee for the Global Positioning Satellite System; Western Interstate Energy Board ; Vice-Chair of the Association of Governing Boards for Colleges and Universities; Operation Public Education; the Board of Governors of the Park City Center for Public Policy; Board member of NatureServe; co-chair of the Policy Consensus Initiative; Current Chair of the Board of Trustees, Western Governors University
Mr. Geringer joined Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in the summer of 2003 as Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies to work with senior elected and corporate officials on how to use geospatial technology for place-based decisions in business and government.
His recent keynotes include conservation, education, energy, climate change, health care, health data standards, alternative energy, education policy, natural resources, homeland security, disaster response, the importance of government services enabled through web services, information infrastructure, e-government planning and building consensus on divisive issues.
Governor Geringer and his wife Sherri have five children and ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. They reside near Cheyenne, Wyoming.