When he was a freshman at the University of Georgia, John had the good fortune to have an English professor who told him that he, John, wrote good essays. “What school are you in?” the professor asked. “The business school,” John replied.
“You’re in the wrong school,” said the professor. “You need to be in journalism school.”
John graduated from the Henry Grady School of Journalism four years later. A week after graduation he went to work for a large publicly-held company as director of advertising and public relations for its credit union. Over the years he was promoted to other positions within the company, and in 1983 came to Atlanta where he joined the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations in its communications division. He was soon named manager of the creative services department where he directed the efforts of the writers, graphic designers and audio visual personnel.
In 1993 John left the Institute and formed Brooks-Jenkins Inc., a design-communications firm, which provided business-to-business marketing services to a number of prominent organizations in the Southeast. During his career, John won more than 50 awards for writing, editing and audio-visual presentations. He is an accredited member of the International Association of Business Communicators.
Throughout his career in the corporate world, John knew that at some time in his life he wanted to teach on the college level. In 2004, he enrolled in the Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program at KSU. He earned his master’s degree in May 2007 with a concentration in composition and rhetoric.
His teaching career began shortly thereafter. He was hired at North Georgia College and State University to teach English 1101 and 1102 in the fall of 2007. Georgia Highlands College also hired him to teach in its English Department the next year. He joined the communication faculty at KSU in the fall of 2012.
John and his wife Fran, a recently-retired teacher of special needs students, have been married for 42 years. They live in East Cobb. They have two married children and one granddaughter.