"I became a member of the Advisory Council by virtue of representing the Humphrey School Alumni Board, of which I also am a member. I bring to the council the multiple experiences of having been a student, alumnus, faculty member, and administrative leader in the Institute and its predecessor units. With those experiences, I hope to provide an institutional memory context to the issues we shall face in guiding the Humphrey School to even greater stature, performance, and service to this community, state, nation and world."
Professor James E. Jernberg served on the University of Minnesota faculty for 31 years, initially in the Department of Political Science (1964–1965), then in units that preceded the creation of the Humphrey School (Public Administration Center from 1965 to 1967 and the School of Public Affairs from 1968 to1977). He retired from the Humphrey School in 1995.
In addition to regular faculty teaching and research responsibilities, Jernberg served in administrative capacities for several years. While in the School of Public Affairs, he served as its first director of graduate studies (1969 to 1974) and acting director (summer 1973). He was director of graduate studies (1978 to 1981 and 1984 to 1993) and associate dean (1992 to 1993 at the Institute).
Since retiring, Jernberg has been honored in many ways by the Humphrey School and the University of Minnesota. The student lounge on the ground level of the Humphrey School bears his name, reflecting his commitment to the student experience. The annual Jernberg Award honors a student, staff member. or faculty member recognized by students as having made the greatest contribution to student life. And two fully endowed (by an alumni couple) Jernberg Public Service Fellowships annually are awarded to Humphrey School students. Most recently (2008), he received the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award.