About Jim Brassord
Jim is a 20 year resident of Amherst, MA. As Chief of Campus Operations for Amherst College, Jim stewards the preservation and enhancement of the college’s physical assets and provides operational services to faculty, students, and staff in support of the college’s mission. His departments include facilities, capital projects, campus police, dining services, environmental health and safety, emergency management, sustainability, the office of administrative services, mail services, and rental housing management.
Jim loves and embraces everything about the Amherst community and is an active board member for the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and the Amherst Business Improvement District.
A life-long endurance athlete, Jim has the mindset for this extreme row. He has competed in more than twenty marathons and five Ironman Triathlons. In fact, he is a three-time USAT All American Triathlete and completed the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2003.
In the past few years, Jim has redirected his athletic focus to rowing with three second place finishes in the North American open water rowing championship - the Blackburn Challenge, a 20-mile circumnavigation of Cape Ann. Adding to his open water experience, Jim completed an unassisted 20-mile solo row to Block Island, RI from Stonington, CT. More locally, he has rowed nearly the full length of the Connecticut River, from central Vermont to the Long Island Sound. Even in the winter months, Jim competes in rowing competitions. He has consistently been a top finisher in the world indoor rowing championship, the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints.
A friend of the late John Musante, he sees the Miami to New York City row as a way of channeling his endurance athletic drive in a way that can honor John's legacy and benefit the community.
Jim is eternally grateful for his life partner, Julie Johnson, for supporting him in this endeavor. Special thanks to Amherst College President Biddy Martin and the Trustees of Amherst College for granting Jim a leave in support the John P. Musante Health Center. Jim appreciates his three children, now adults, who have all supported his many athletic escapades in one way or another, but most particularly his daughter Hannah, a former college rower, who inspired Jim to become the oarsman that he is today.