Key role for Cummiskey
Former UGA state relations director Chris Cummiskey (BBA ’96) was tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to head the Georgia Department of Economic Development. As commissioner of that department, Cummiskey will lead the state’s efforts to bring new jobs and industry to Georgia. Cummiskey joined UGA as the director of state relations in 2008. He also served as chief of staff for Glenn Richardson, the former speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and as state director for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, working with the Georgia General Assembly, the governor’s office, local officials and Georgia businesses on matters relating to the federal government. Prior to that, Cummiskey worked for eight years with energy companies in Georgia, California and Texas.