Jermaine Durham has been hired as program director for the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, which helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through housing and revitalization strategies.
Durham, who also will serve as assistant professor within the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics, previously worked as an analyst for the Housing Authority of Savannah.
Durham has a master’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning from Savannah State University and will complete his Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment from Clemson University this spring.
The role previously was filled by Karen Tinsley, who died last April after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle.
“Throughout my career, I have served as a practitioner, researcher and educator in the field of housing and community development,” Durham said. “As the Director of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, I hope to bring what I have learned from these experiences to further the remarkable work this program has done and to carry on the extraordinary legacy of Dr. Karen Tinsley. I’m truly humbled and honored to have such a unique opportunity to help improve housing and communities around the state of Georgia.”
Durham also will teach and conduct applied research in housing and community development.
“We’re excited to welcome Jermaine to this role,” FHCE department head Sheri Worthy said. “His background and experience make him a great fit to continue the work needed to support the GICH program and start new collaborations with Extension and other networks across the state of Georgia.”
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