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ACCG Deputy Director visits BPC public administration class
|Ross King speaks with Public Administration class Oct. 26 (Photo by Kelley Arnold)
MOUNT VERNON—Ross King, deputy director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), was a guest speaker in Dr. Sid Johnson’s Public Administration class at Brewton-Parker College Thursday, Oct. 26.
King spoke to the students about “Public Administration in a Time of Conflict and Social Change,” highlighting his education and career pursuits first. He expressed the importance of seeking and learning from career and life mentors throughout one’s life, and counted Dr. Johnson as an individual to inspire such mentoring at Brewton-Parker College. He also encouraged learning from the “real world experience” gleaned by professionals when choosing one’s career path.
King has worked for the ACCG for 20 years and specializes in water availability, consumption and cleanliness, said Dr. Johnson. He has also served as an adjunct professor at North Georgia College and State University and has worked as the administrative assistant to the mayor of Americus.
As deputy director of the ACCG, King plays a vital leadership role in creating and supporting the services available to the association’s members through assisting the executive director with internal and external issues and projects, management of the research office, Georgia County Government magazine, commissioners training programs and federal lobbying efforts specializing in appropriations. Through his fundraising and public speaking efforts, he is responsible for generating new program and project opportunities for the association.
King currently serves as a member of the Chattahoochee Hills Country Conservancy board of directors (an innovative four county land use initiative located in the southern metro Atlanta area). He also serves as Vice-Chair for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), board member for the Southeast Watershed Roundtable and a member of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory board.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from High Point University, in High Point, N.C. and a masters of public administration degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.