James Darden

Alabama Ambassador
May 3, 2015

Name:  James W. Darden

Hometown:  Birmingham

E-mail Address:  dardenj@bellsouth.net     

Business Position:  PresidentBusiness Name:  Darden and Associates 

Civilian Education: BA- Liberal Arts, Mississippi State University; MS- Urban and Regional Planning- University of Mississippi 

Organizations/Clubs/Philanthropies: Involved in numerous organizations supporting humanitarian, disaster, and veterans organizations Military Retirement Date, Rank, Service and Key Positions:  Retired: October 18, 2004, Major General; Commander, 87th Division, Training Support, 81st Regional Readiness Command; Commander, 87th Division, First Brigade 

Name of Spouse and Children: Wife- Madelaine, Children- David and Anne 

Army Reserve Ambassador James W. Darden, a retired Major General, served in the Army Reserve for thirty-eight years, from his commissioning in 1966 to his retirement in 2004. Prior to his terminal assignment as the Director of Mobilization and Reserve Affairs/Deputy J5 of the European Command, Mr. Darden held three command-level positions as a General Officer including  commanding general of the 81st Regional Readiness Command in Birmingham, Ala., from May 1995 until February 1999. Mr. Darden is a native of Memphis, Tenn. He earned an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Mississippi. Now a Birmingham resident, he is president of Darden and Associates, a real estate and construction company. He is also the vice president of Ellis Services Corporation and a partner in Springville Properties.