James Hyler graduated from PHCC in 1990 with an Associate in Arts and Science degree in Business Administration. He was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar and continued his education at James Madison University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science in 1991. In 1993 he was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Currently he works as Information Collections Operational Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that, he held various positions in the U.S. Department of Education, including Continuity of Operations Plan Coordinator in the Office of Management, and Special Assistant to the Inspector General. He had also worked in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as a budget analyst.
Hyler has served as a Policy Review Panelist and a Director for the Truman Scholars Week, as a volunteer in Culpeper Public Schools, as an officer and member of the Dawn Lions Club, and as a tutor for the Culpeper Literacy Council. He is a past member of the Fieldale Jaycees and is the 1976 District Extemporaneous Speaking Champion.