Jim Lee strives to provide super human resources while serving as an HR Administrative Coordinator at Georgia State University while offering delicious courses to hungry learners.
His identity is professional educator, academic tutor, and world traveler seeking more things to experience and learn.
As an Administrative Coordinator at GSU’s Central Human Resources Administration—Talent Management, Jim remains resourceful. A large part of his responsibilities is to manage the learning & professional development and certificate programs that his HR unit offers to over 12,000 staff and faculty members. Second, he is an instructor for a course on emotional intelligence, which complements his teaching experience at the middle and secondary levels and tutoring at the university level. Third, he coordinates the water, toner, paper, and everything in between for his HR unit!
Jim’s highest accomplishment is establishing and managing a tree nursery in a savannah village in Ghana, West Africa, for which he was celebrated as an honorary chief. As it turns out, his closest friends call him Kofi (since he was born on a Friday). While a forestry Peace Corps volunteer, he began spending more time with the community’s public school children and teachers. Besides teaching some lessons and tutoring, his increasing awareness of education’s potential for these students led him to become a teacher through Teach for America in Washington, D.C. Thus, extending education’s importance to rural Ghanaians, inner-city youth, and now in higher education is the thread that brings the world full circle.
Pursuing a graduate certificate in Instructional Design and Technology, Jim is fortunate to have a supportive family. His wife and two daughters acknowledge his insatiable thirst for knowledge while he learns new concepts and gains valuable experience. With little time—and patience—now for golf, Jim enjoys running, working out, climbing stairs (one-day record is 70 flights!), and home improvement projects. Besides Ghana Jim has traveled to six other African countries, Western Europe, South Korea, Canada, Central America, and most recently, to Peru’s Machu Picchu (lots more stairs!). Perhaps someday he’ll have the opportunity to visit the two remaining continents, Antarctica and Australia. . . .
An insatiable learner of new experiences, Jim is strangely proud that he had the chance to eat Ghanaian bush rat and Peruvian guinea pig (both local delicacies)! However, before and after those experiences a vegetarian he remains. His Ghanaian experience was so life-changing that he is in search of a tattoo artist to ink an African symbol.