Corlis Cummings Named Vice President of Business and Operations at Clayton State

Wed, 07/15/2009 - 8:52am
By: The Citizen

Clayton State University Interim President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, Jr., has named Corlis P. Cummings vice president of Business and Operations for the University.

 Cummings had been serving as the University’s interim vice president of Business and Operations since Sept. 1, 2008. Her appointment as vice president is effective as of today.

 Formerly special assistant to the president/executive in residence at Clayton State, and formerly the interim chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG), Cummings joined the Clayton State administration in October 2007. Prior to her appointment at Clayton State, Cummings and former Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden had identified a number of opportunities wherein her expertise in higher education law and her past experience with the University System of Georgia could benefit the University. Since joining the University, Cummings has assisted in the establishment of the Office of Legal Affairs, served as interim director of Human Resources, and managed various projects on behalf of Harden.

 The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia appointed Cummings to serve as the USG’s interim chancellor in August 2005. She took office on Oct. 1, 2005 and remained in that position until present chancellor Erroll B. Davis, Jr., assumed his duties on Feb. 6, 2006. Previous to her appointment as interim chancellor, Cummings was the University System’s senior vice chancellor for Support Services, an area consisting of the offices of Legal Affairs, Human Resources and the Office of Sponsored Funds and Special Projects. As senior vice chancellor for Support Services she was responsible for planning, management, and guidance of operational and policy aspects of the programs and services provided by those offices.

 Prior to her appointment as senior vice chancellor, she held the position of assistant vice chancellor for Legal Affairs. From 1995 until September 2000, Cummings was an attorney with the Board of Regents, where she handled various transactions for the Regents System Office, University System and institutions. She also has worked closely with the Attorney General’s office and other state agencies and departments on various projects and initiatives. Cummings has also served on several statewide committees and steering groups, as well as several University System committees.

 From 1991 to 1995, Cummings served 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 and received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia. She is a resident of Fayetteville, Ga.

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