Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes has announced the appointment of Jim Flowers as the University’s first Strategic Planning Officer. Flowers’ appointment will begin on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
Currently the director of Government and Community Affairs at Georgia State University, Flowers has a strong background in both higher education and government. Previously Georgia State’s interim vice president of External Affairs responsible for University Relations and Communications, Alumni Affairs, and Government Affairs, Flowers was appointed director of Government and Community Affairs under the reorganization led by incoming President Mark Becker. Flowers’ responsibilities focus on communicating the needs and capabilities of the faculty, staff and students of Georgia State University to members of the Board of Regents, the City of Atlanta, the Georgia General Assembly, members of Congress, and the local business community.
Prior to joining Georgia State in 2007, he was an employee of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) for seven years, assisting the CIO on matters of technology policy and the Senior Vice Chancellor for External Affairs on legislative matters. As special assistant for the CIO, he led collaborative efforts among the 35 institutions in areas of strategic planning for IT services, system policy on matters of e-learning, intellectual property, and security. While serving the University System, Flowers was also appointed by the Chancellor as USG Customer Service Champion and coordinated all activities for University System participation in the Governor’s Customer Service Initiative.
"I am excited to join the Clayton State team as they shape the future, not only of this dynamic campus, but of higher education in general,” he says. “Clayton State's legacy of transforming higher education in response to dynamic community and global expectations is impressive.
"President Hynes presented me with an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a vibrant and dedicated community which has a history of successful innovation. It is an honor to be invited to work with such talented individuals."
Flowers' primary responsibility at Clayton State will be to work with individual faculty and staff to identify, promote, and monitor innovations essential to the advancement of the strategic goals of the University.
"I know the university will demonstrate how higher education can engage students, the community, businesses and the world to solve 21st century problems,” he says. “I believe Clayton State will continue to exceed everyone's expectations as the adoption of the new strategic plan enhances Clayton State’s legacy as a global leader transforming the institution of higher education.
"I look forward to listening, learning, sharing, and celebrating with the community as Clayton State University continues its efforts to create an ideal environment for learning."