James E. Geringer

Former Governor of WyomingGeringer, James

Education
BS Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University

Initiated Triangle
Kansas State Chapter, 1964

Family
Wife: Sherri; Children: Jenny, Val, Rob, Meri and Beckie/Nine Grandchildren

Experience
Governor Jim Geringer is a native of Wyoming, reared on the family farm near Wheatland. At Kansas State University he was involved in several activities and served as Student Body President. He was then commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force through the Air Force ROTC program. During his time on active duty, he worked as project officer on space programs integrating space boosters and satellites for both the Air Force and NASA.

From 1983 to 1994, Geringer served in the Wyoming Legislature, including six years each in the House and the Senate. During that time, his full-time jobs included work as a contract administrator for the construction of a large coal-fired power plant and agriculture production. The Geringers built their farming operation starting from scratch – the old-fashioned way.

Jim was elected as Wyoming’s 30th governor in 1994 and completed his second term in January 2003. During his time in office Geringer implemented strategic planning tied to performance based budgeting and when he left office, provided the Wyoming state government with a budget surplus.

Geringer’s advocacy for technology in government has centered on the end result of using technology to enhance citizen services, emphasizing the benefits of integrated service delivery and enterprise-wide solutions. That advocacy has led Jim to join in a full-time capacity with Environmental Systems Research Institute, the top provider of geographic information systems software. Governor Geringer and his wife Sherri base their consulting business, The Geringer Group, at their farm in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Activities
Charter Trustee, Western Governors University; Member, National Commission on Mathematics & Science Teaching; Member, National Commission on Service-Learning; Member, National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future; Presidential Appointee, Western Interstate Nuclear Board; Director, GeoSpatial One Stop; Member, Mapping Sciences Committee of the National Academy of Sciences

Associations
Chair, National Governors Association Technology Task Force; Past Chair, Education Commission of the States; Past Chair, Western Governors’ Association; Past Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Hobbies
Photography, snowmobiling, hiking

Service
Rotary, Lions, Lutheran Church

Inducted
2002