Wednesday, September 3, 2008

C.D. Moody Opens the Jim Wood Lecture Series at Clayton State

James M. “Jim” Wood, Jr., president of Jim Wood Associates, former owner/publisher of the Clayton News-Daily, and the only original member still serving on the Board of Trustees of Clayton State University Foundation, and his wife, Dr. Martha Wood, professor emerita of Mathematics at Clayton State, have joined with their family, friends and business associates to create an endowed fund for the Jim Wood Lecture Series for the Clayton State University AACSB-accredited School of Business.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at noon in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center, the Jim Wood Lecture Series officially kicks off with a visit from C.D. Moody, Jr., president and CEO of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc. Since its start in 1983, C.D. Moody Construction Company has grown from $1 million to more than $70 million in annual revenues. According to School of Business Dean Dr. Jacob Chacko, Moody’s presentation will typify the Wood Lecture Series, which will support the efforts of the School of Business to seek and obtain guest lecturers who are some of Georgia’s most celebrated business personalities.

“The School of Business sees the series as 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,” says Chacko.

The Woods’ son, James Wood, III, a former student at Clayton State who serves as vice president of Business Services at AT&T, is the founder of and principal contributor to the Jim Wood Lecture Series endowment. However, according to Jim Wood, the Series is a good fit for the whole family.

“We wanted the students enrolled in the school to be able to talk and listen to individuals who have distinguished themselves in business,” he says. “It’s important that students realize that these successful people went through struggles just like themselves and have made a success of their professional life.”

Jim and James Wood already are recruiting and recommending additional guests for the lecture series. In October, the Series will offer lectures from Frank Argenbright, chairman of Air Serv Corporation, and Milton H. Jones, Jr., market president, Bank of America, Georgia.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding, comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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