The five staff members selected as finalists for the Alice J. Smith Staff Awards have been announced. The individuals come from a variety of departments across campus. The group was selected by the Smith Staff Award Committee from a pool of 15 nominees that were chosen based on personal recommendations from other university employers, faculty and students.
The award will be presented on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Student Activities Center (SAC) ballrooms.
The Smith Awards were established in 1995 by Joseph Smith as a memorial to his wife Alice. He wanted to honor her career in teaching and her love for learning, and wanted Clayton State University to be a part of her legacy. The awards are presented annually to the most outstanding faculty and staff members, who are nominated by their peers. The selection committee chooses five finalists and, based on personal recommendations from other university employees, faculty, and students, selects the most deserving finalist as the award recipient.
Corlis Cummings, Vice President, Business and Operations
Ms. Cummings is the Vice President for Business & Operations and is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all functions related to Business and Auxiliary Services, Budget & Finance, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Public Safety, and Operations at Clayton State University. She has served in various roles at Clayton State University and in the University System of Georgia. These include Special Assistant to the Clayton State President; interim chancellor for the university system, chief operating officer and executive vice chancellor, senior vice chancellor for Support Services and assistant vice chancellor-contracts.
She has served on several statewide committees and steering groups, as well as University System committees. She currently serves on various boards and committees, including the Georgia Women of Achievement selection committee.
Prior to her University System of Georgia work, Cummings worked as assistant city attorney for the City of Atlanta. Prior to that, she was an associate with the South Carolina law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough.
A native of Atlanta, Cummings earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia. She attended Washington University School of Law, in St. Louis, and earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from The University of Georgia.
Ms. Cummings loves to travel and is the mother of two wonderful children, Corric and Chandler.
Billy Evans, System Support Specialist, Financial Aid
Billy Evans is a System Support Specialist in the Office of Financial Aid at Clayton State University (CSU). He earned a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Technology Management from CSU in 2006. While attending CSU he was very involved in various organizations to include the Student Government Association, Student African American Brotherhood, Delta Epsilon Chi and the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in which he is a Charter Member.
Billy is a leader in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving as a combat medical specialist. As a certified Emergency Medical Technician instructor he has trained thousands of medics, preparing them for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has received many awards for leadership to include the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal. He was awarded the Bronze Star while serving in Afghanistan.
Billy is committed to improving the quality of the Clayton State University community by promoting financial literacy and delivering updated financial aid information to freshman students in the CSU foundation classes and various high schools throughout Clayton County. Billy serves as a mentor with the Alpha Mentor Academy which is a program that support and guides 9-12 grade young men in the Clayton County area.
Billy has a passion for learning and helping to develop leaders. He is active in the Clayton State University Alumni Association and has enthusiastically participated in the annual leadership conferences conducted by the Office of Campus Life for the past 10 years. He has delivered presentations to student organization leaders on various topics, to include “Be the Leader Your Student Organization Needs” and “Dealing with Conflict”. He believes that “great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” -Colin Powell
Stephen Jenkins, Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions
Stephen has been a higher education professional since 2003. Over the course of that span Stephen has held several leadership roles. At Mercer University, Stephen served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing for three of the school’s six Regional Academic Centers. After growing enrollment at the three sites for six consecutive semesters, Stephen was asked to lead the recruitment efforts for one of the flagship colleges of the university, the Stetson School of Business and Economics.
Stephen assumed the role of Director of Recruitment in 2010 and within two years grew new student enrollment by more than 80%. In 2012, Stephen was promoted to Director of Admissions for the Office of Enrollment Management. In that role, he led a team that worked to improve new student enrollment and retention for multiple Mercer University colleges. Stephen assumed the role of Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Clayton State University in the summer of 2014. One year after arriving at Clayton State, the university enrolled its largest freshmen class in the 46-year history of the institution.
Stephen holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Marketing from Morehouse College, a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Mercer University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Learning Leadership and Organizational Development at the University of Georgia.
Boey Kheem Tan, Laboratory Manager, Biology
Dr. Boey Kheem Tan was born in Malaysia and immigrated to the United States when she was 18. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and her Master’s and Ph.D. from Florida State University. She has been working in a lab setting for more than 25 years. She started as a lab professional at Clayton State University and now serves as the Biology lab manager and safety officer.
As a manager, Dr. Tan utilizes her managerial and technical skills to assure that Biology labs run safely and smoothly on a daily basis. She leads a team of 4-5 people and sets an outstanding example of an employee that demonstrates commitment, strong work ethic, and a no nonsense attitude that allowed her to excel in all levels of her work and service. She always has gone beyond the call of her duties such as: organizing lab safety day, preparing teaching materials for the outreach program, ordering for external grants, mentoring student projects or activities, and helping faculty with their research projects, just to name a few. Additionally, she serves in various committees on campus. She is the chair of the Biology Lab Safety committee.
Dr. Tan also participates in numerous social events such as the chili cook off and departmental ice cream social at Clayton State University. In her free time she enjoys gardening and has a special interest in medicinal herbs and natural remedies. She also enjoys cooking and experimenting as well as developing new recipes. In the future, she hopes to continue to provide an exemplary service to the Biology department and the Clayton State community.
Terri Taylor-Hamrick, Director of Advancement Services/Ombudsman
She spent several years in community newspapers in a variety of roles and more than a dozen years in the Atlanta area working both at hotel properties and at the regional office for major hotel firms.
Terri is an alum of Clayton State and has been working here since January 1996 in various roles University Advancement. Her primary responsibilities are with the work of the Clayton State University Foundation and its associated limited liability corporations working directly with the trustees on all financial operational areas. In this capacity, she is the primary contact for over forty fund managers throughout the University.
Additionally, she has been involved in many events on campus including ground breakings, building dedications, inaugurations, and other special occasions
Terri has served as Ombudsman for all full-time faculty and staff at Clayton State for almost fifteen years. She is also a mediator trained through the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and serves the University System of Georgia as a system mediator.
Personally, she has a wide range of interest: a Girl Scout for over 50 years in Germany and many places in the United States; an adventure instructor for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Camping Association, and the National Speleology Society (caving, repelling, backpacking, canoeing, rafting, etc.) As a girl member of Girl Scouts, she earned the highest award available First Class (equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Award); as an adult member, she was awarded the two highest levels of volunteer recognition at the time: the Honor Pin and the Thanks Badge.
Terri is a past board member of the Clayton County Aging Program Advisory Board; current member of the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Clayton County; involved with the Reynolds Nature Preserve Board, the Appalachian Trail Conference, Our Genealogy Group – Clayton State Library outreach group and numerous other organizations.
She is very involved with family – most of whom live nearby. She enjoys traveling, genealogy, all of the hand arts, painting, reading, women’s studies, the Civil war, adventure sports and learning something new.