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Jim Wood Speaker Series

The Jim Wood Speaker Series is named after James “Jim” Wood, Jr. who financially supported the efforts of the College of Business to seek and obtain guest lecturers who are some of Georgia’s most celebrated business personalities. The series is a means of ensuring Clayton State students gain insights into current business trends and corporate strategies.

The Jim Wood Speaker Series is a means to forge bonds between Georgia’s business leaders and Clayton State students, while ensuring students gain insights into current business trends and corporate strategies.

The Wood family has a long history with Clayton State University. Jim Wood was a great leader, community advocate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and mentor. Over his career, he worked as a news reporter, trade industry reporter, feature writer, medical science writer, editor and publisher. He founded the News Daily in Jonesboro, GA, and ATL, the Atlanta airport newspaper, which he owned and operated for more than 30 years.

Politics and public service milestones abound: a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1976 to 1982, and a charter member of the Board of Trustees of Clayton State University. His last honor from the Georgia Press Association was his induction into the industry’s “Gold” society of newspaper professionals with 50 or more years of experience. Jim Wood passed away in April 2018; the College of Business is grateful for his ongoing legacy.

Check back here for information on our Fall 2022 speaker series!

See below an archive of our Spring 2022 speakers!

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