James Lies is an Assistant Professor of Education and serves as the Site Coordinator of Call Me MiSTER at Converse University. James graduated from Anderson University in 2013, where he participated in Anderson University’s Call Me MiSTER program, and was the first MiSTER graduate in Anderson’s history.

Upon graduating, James began his teaching career, spending five years teaching in Anderson County. In 2017-2018 he was honored with the distinction of being the Anderson School District Two Teacher of the Year. James then relocated with his family to Spartanburg, South Carolina to serve as an Assistant Principal in Spartanburg School District Six for four years.

James earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Anderson University (2013), a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Furman University (2018), and a Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership from Converse University (2022). He is thrilled to serve as a professor and site coordinator, as he is passionate about teacher leadership and school-based mentoring programs.

James lives on the east side of Spartanburg with his wife, daughter, and diva dog who truly believes she is as human as the next person. He enjoys gardening, hiking, and is an avid supporter of the Atlanta Braves, Green Bay Packers and the Memphis Grizzlies. When he is not spending time being a fanatic or enjoying the great outdoors, James is serving the community as a board member of: Anderson University Alumni Board, NAMI Spartanburg, MHA Spartanburg, and The Market Theatre Company of Anderson, SC.


  • Educational Doctorate in Professional Leadership - Converse University
  • Master of Arts School in Leadership - Furman University
  • BS in Elementary Education - Anderson University