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US Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley Division

James A. Bodron, P.E.

Director, Programs Directorate

Published Aug. 8, 2017

Mr. James A. Bodron is director of the Programs Directorate for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, and the Mississippi River Commission. He was selected by the Secretary of the Army into the Senior Executive Service in August of 2016.

The Senior Executive Service is the civilian equivalent to the military rank of General Officer. SES leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution. Members of the SES serve in key positions just below the top Presidential appointees and are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the federal work force.

In this position, Bodron serves as the principal advisor to the commander of the Mississippi Valley Division and president of the Mississippi River Commission providing executive strategic leadership concerning development and execution of the division’s approximately $1 billion annual budget (including civil works integration, operations, planning and real estate), which executes engineering, design, construction and project management for its flood control, navigation, water supply, hydropower and environmental restoration programs.

Prior to this appointment, Bodron served as deputy district engineer for Project Management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District. Other assignments in the Memphis District include chief of Operations Division, assistant chief of Planning, Programs and Project Management Branch, a project manager and senior study manager. In addition to working in the Memphis District, Bodron also held positions with the Corps in the Little Rock, Tulsa and Rock Island districts.

Mr. Bodron deployed to Afghanistan in November 2008 where he served as the deputy project manager and acting director of the Kandahar Program Office, Afghanistan Engineer District. He stood up this office and directed a budget of $900 million in military construction efforts in support of overseas contingency operations. He also worked with NATO and U.S. forces to design and construct a wide variety of facilities.

From 2002-2005 he served as the national liaison between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. There, he worked cooperatively with that agency’s leaders on watershed planning and project implementation efforts.

Mr. Bodron is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1986, and the University of Memphis where he earned a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1994. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Tennessee; a past officer and director of the Society of American Military Engineers, Memphis Post; and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Mississippi Valley Division is responsible for water resources engineering solutions in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing portions of 12 states.  Work is carried out by district offices located in St. Paul, Minn.; Rock Island, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and New Orleans, La. Since 1879, the seven-member presidentially appointed Mississippi River Commission has developed and matured plans for the general improvement of the Mississippi River from the Head of Passes to the Headwaters.

The Mississippi River Commission brings critical engineering representation to the drainage basin, which impacts 41% of the United States and includes 1.25 million square miles, over 250 tributaries, 31 states and two Canadian provinces.