Title: Computer Company Executive, Consultant, Publisher, Creator
Location: Oceanside, California, United States
James Schell, Computer Company Executive, Consultant, Publisher and Creator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in software engineering, administration and military service.
In preparation for his career, Mr. Schell attended Morehouse College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in math, physics and French in 1949. That same year, he began working as an instructor in the U.S. Air Force School of Electronics. From 1951 to 1953, he served as a conscripted electronics engineer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, continuing to work as an instructor until 1957. Mr. Schell served as a technical writer and requirements officer for the U.S. Army Signal Publications Agency from 1954 to 1963, and became the chief of the Project Manager’s Staff Office in the U.S. Army Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, where he served until 1968.
Mr. Schell continued his academic pursuits at California State University, completing postgraduate coursework from 1969 to 1972, and leveraged his skills as the manager of systems engineering at Litton Data Systems, rising to the rank of director of command and control systems. In 1979, he returned to military administration, working as the director of the Center for Tactical Computer Systems in the U.S. Army Communications Research and Development Command until 1981. Mr. Schell spent a year as the program manager of the marine integrated fire and air support system at Norden Systems Inc., and worked from 1982 to 1985 as the director of the Center for Tactical Computer Systems in the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth.
In 1984, Mr. Schell earned an LLD, with honors, from Morehouse College, and completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Southern California. Continuing his service to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, he acted as the deputy program manager of Command and Control Systems until 1986, and as the director of the Center for Software Engineering until 1988. Following his departure from the military, he became the president of SOPHSYS Inc., where he served until 1999. Throughout his career, he worked as an advisor and consultant to numerous organizations, including RAM Inc. and Atlanta University. Mr. Schell is proud of placing computers into five historically black colleges and two minority institutions, and of his service as the president of the Asbury Park, Neptune Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Under his leadership, the branch’s membership grew from about 300 to 1500 people, and he was successful in triggering desegregation of the Tinton Falls School System in New Jersey.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Mr. Schell authored the book “We Call Our Daddy ‘Mister’” in 2006, and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been recognized with myriad awards, including the Outstanding Performance Award from the U.S. Army, the Humanitarian Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc., and the Founder’s Award from the Annual National Conference on Software Technology Inc. In 2018, Mr. Schell was inducted into the Morehouse College Hall of Fame, and as a further testament to his success, stature and experience, he has been featured in the 13th edition of Who’s Who in the World, the 50th edition of Who’s Who in America, the third edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the 25th and 26th editions of Who’s Who in the East.
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