Tucson, Ariz. • Profiled: Spring ’97
Retired combat pilot, leadership consultant
Jim Record may have found everything he needed at Purdue Agriculture, even if it wasn’t everything he wanted.
“My main motivator to go to Purdue was to fly and get my Air Force commission,” says Record, who flew 616 combat missions over Southeast Asia during his distinguished military career.
Record grew up on a farm in Michigantown, Ind. Choosing Purdue was, for him, as much a matter of economics as it was about getting a degree in animal sciences.
“My ag degree was the vehicle so I could get commissioned,” Record admits. “When I entered Purdue, I could not afford to go anyplace else, and it was just 35 miles from my home, which allowed for frequent weekend work on the farm.
“Although I did not use my degree, per se, in the Air Force, the courses and instructors I came in contact with at Purdue helped forge me into a better person and helped put structure and discipline in my life.”
After retiring from the Air Force in 1997 (after logging 6,407 air hours), Record went to Saudi Arabia for a two-year stint as president of Hughes Arabia Limited.
He joined Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, working in business development for the Middle East until fully retiring in 2008.
But it’s hard to keep a good pilot grounded. He now is a consultant for various companies, focusing on leadership and organizational structure, and squeezing in a few rounds of golf between “missions.”