Dr. Nolan has been the president of Southwestern College since June of 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1989 after pursuing graduate studies in English and Irish Literature. Indeed, in addition to humanistic psychology luminaries such as Carl Rogers and Carl Jung, Dr. Nolan’s early views on psychology were influenced heavily by the likes of Shakespeare, James Joyce, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Hesse, Jack Kerouac, and Taoist and Vedic literature. Unfettered by the narrow constraints of so-called “scientific evidence”, these visionaries could ask the great questions of the Spirit, and could receive Truth in whatever form it appeared, scientific or mystical.
During Dr. Nolan’s tenure at Southwestern College, the school built an Art Therapy Building, as well as Tierra Nueva Counseling Center, the first two buildings ever built by the College. The New Earth Institute also added several professional certificate programs, and the College was granted a ten year re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Nolan launched an initiative called “The History of Quimby/Southwestern College”, which is captured in the college’s Heartlink newsletters. His vision is to grow the College and the breadth of its offerings, to include non-licensure-track programs and online education, while keeping it consciously aligned with its historical lineage, its more recent roots, and its unique mission.
Under his leadership, the new counseling center will eventually (some time in 2018) take third party insurance, thus further serving the Santa Fe community. In addition to his many years in administration, Dr. Nolan has a long professional history in teaching, clinical work and supervision. One of his passions is to work within a Consciousness-based paradigm, while also staying in close touch with current developments in the professions of Counseling and Art Therapy, so that the career and employment needs of students are paramount in all decisions made at Southwestern College. Jim currently has a private Therapy and Life Coaching practice in Santa Fe. Jim is currently licensed in New Mexico and Hawaii, and has been licensed in Ohio, Florida, and Texas earlier in his career.