The long-time educator and retired HR manager had just taken the helm of the Walton County Campus of Athens Technical College, when CIS came knocking, asking him to take a seat on the board. Just a few months later, he was asked to step up to the chair.
"I didn't know everything I know now about CIS," he said, "but I knew it helps students do better in school, and that's very important."
Hogg was selected for the chairmanship because of his unique qualification to lead the organization through a critical period of organization development.
"Jimmy can see our work from both the business side and the school side," said CIS Executive Director Angela Yarman. "It is very helpful to have a person with the broad range of experience he has while we work to step up our services in five schools."
Hogg began his career as an agriculture teacher, then served as a high school principal before taking a post at the Georgia Department of Education as director of career and technical education. After retiring from the education system, he took a job as director of human resources for Standridge Color Corporation in Social Circle. He retired from Standridge and later was hired to help with the transition of the Bryant Road campus from Walton County Schools to Athens Technical College, then became the campus director.
|CIS Chairman Jimmy Hogg, campus director for Athens Tech's Walton County Campus.|
Photo: The Walton Tribune
"I think CIS is important because it helps students overcome some of the issues that get in the way of their success in school," Hogg said. "We want to help students be successful and graduate, and then we hope to see some of them continue their studies at Athens Tech."
As CIS pursues accreditation from the CIS national office, a new focus on higher standards and richer programming has been needed. Five sites have been established across two school districts, and the depth and breadth of services is unprecedented in the history of CIS in Walton County.
"It's great to have Jimmy's perspective," said Yarman. "He helps us understand when our proposals pose a difficulty for the schools we serve, and he helps school leaders see the need for our programs to help prepare students for the current employment environment. He is well respected by everyone involved."
His first order of business as the new chair has been to develop a three-year strategic plan and to help develop the leadership, resources and relationships to enable that plan to be carried out. That has included organizing new committees, developing an annual plan and a fund raising program to support the work.
"A lot goes into being able to support students with the resources and services they need to be successful," he said. "I think CIS can make a real difference for individual students and their families, for our schools and for the whole community. We all have a role to play, and I am happy to have the chance to help."