Sherwin James, professional academic advisor in the College of Business (CoB) at Clayton State University, is one of the 15 graduates of the 2012 Leadership Clayton program. A nine-month program for individuals who either live or work in Clayton County, Leadership Clayton is designed to sharpen management skills. Leadership Clayton has been sponsored by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce since 1972.
While he was attending Leadership Clayton, James was also busy with other endeavors. His work with students in the College of Business recently earned him CoB’s Advisor of the Year recognition, he teaches the University Foundations course at Clayton State, and his membership in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has also brought recognition, in the form of an article in NACADA’s Academic Advising Today.
In “15 Tips on the Basics of Advising Student Athletes,” (http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/ePub/AAT35-2.htm) James collaborated with Dr. Holly Martin of the University of Notre Dame in offering tips for advisors who may be new to working with student-athletes. James is also the chair of NACADA’s Advising Student Athletes Commission, a position he is well-suited for, since he represented his native Dominica in the 200 meters at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
“I have always been interested in community development and making a difference in people’s lives,” says James, a resident of Stone Mountain, Ga., who holds a Master’s degree in education. “Dr. Martin was a marvelous individual/co-author to have worked with on making the NACADA article a success. Also, I’d like to give my thanks to the College of Business and Clayton State University for making this possible.”