MU eyes former Army colonel from Gitmo, Abu Ghraib


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A retired Army psychologist whose oversight of military interrogations has been criticized by human rights groups wants to work at the University of Missouri.

Larry James is one of two finalists for a job as division executive director at the university's College of Education. He is currently dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

James led a team of psychologists assigned to interrogators at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay in 2003 and again in 2007-08. He also oversaw interrogations at the Abu Ghraib detention center in Iraq in 2004.

State licensing boards in Ohio and Louisiana have declined to investigate complaints against James, but some University of Missouri professors oppose his hiring.

The Columbia Missourian first reported James' MU candidacy.