Randy Groomes, who graduated from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business in 1992, has been named Terry's director of diversity relations and recruitment.
Groomes had served in a similar capacity as director of multicultural programs for the UGA Alumni Association since 2005. He also served on the alumni association's board of directors and its executive committee prior to assuming his staff position.
Groomes succeeds accounting professor Mark C. Dawkins, who served as the founding director of the college's diversity relations initiative before being appointed associate dean for academic programs this spring.
"I am delighted to be returning to my roots at the Terry College of Business," said Groomes, who majored in risk management as an undergraduate and is a former president of the Atlanta Association of Insurance Professionals. "Terry's reputation on the UGA campus will help us attract diversity in our student body, and the size and strength of our alumni body — particularly in the Atlanta metro area — will be invaluable in providing internship and employment opportunities for Terry graduates."
Groomes will coordinate and assist faculty and staff efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and students. He will work to establish and maintain contacts with employers and other industry organizations to secure funding for internships, scholarships and work experiences for students and faculty. And he'll serve as the liaison to national and state organizations promoting diversity and as a supplemental advisor to student organizations with a similar purpose. He will also be responsible for coordinating Terry's diversity programs with UGA's Department of Intercultural Affairs, Office of Institutional Diversity, admissions offices and the Career Center.
"Randy Groomes is exceptionally qualified to foster diversity at the Terry College of Business," said Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. "During his tenure at the UGA Alumni Association, he developed a number of successful programs aimed at enhancing diversity at the University of Georgia, and he will continue those efforts here at Terry."
Groomes said that diversity in the workplace conveys different meanings to different people. "With changing demographics and the international scope of the marketplace, our goal in the Terry College is to reframe the diversity focus to prepare our business students to develop competencies that will help them navigate and manage the increasingly complex workplace issues related to diversity," he said.
Before being hired by the university, Groomes was an appointee of Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, serving on a special advisory task force. Groomes is a graduate of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, and in 2004 he was a regional finalist for the White House Fellows Program.
Actively involved in community and business organizations, Groomes was president of the Fulton Parks Association. As a board member of the Atlanta's United Way, he was selected to attend the national United Way conference. He also was a board member of Atlanta's Youth Empowerment Program.