by Sheryl Marlar

Xavier Jennings found his passion at the University of West Georgia. After getting his undergraduate degree in political science, the Lithonia native is now in UWG’s Master of Public Administration program, blazing his trail to the capitol.

Xavier Jennings“What I’ve gotten from UWG is amazing,” Jennings said. “I learned how to professionally develop myself and how to lead by example. My mentoring and leadership skills have improved. And UWG opened my eyes to politics.”

As such, Jennings has been involved in several political projects.

Currently, he is a grad assistant for Dr. Chapman Rackaway chair of the political science department, and Dr. Sooho Lee, associate professor and graduate director, also in the political science department.

Jennings also serves as campaign manager for Rosie Holley, candidate for Carroll County Commissioner, District 1. With the election coming up in March 2018, he is already at work.

“Right now, we have completed our campaign team, gotten a website up and running, and we are planning campaign rallies,” Jennings explained.

In the spring of 2017, Jennings had the opportunity to take part in the Georgia Legislative Internship Program (GLIP).

“It was amazing,” Jennings continued. “I was allowed to work on the casino bill with Representative Ron Stephens, chairman of Economic Tourism and Development, and Representative Greg Morris, chairman of Banks and Banking. I also had the opportunity to meet several influential people–such as David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and Stacey Abrams, Georgia House Minority Leader.”

Beginning in January, Jennings will begin the Governor’s Internship Program in Governor Nathan Deal’s Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs.

“I applied last year, but I did not get an interview,” Jennings said. “So it was very special to me to get in the program this time.”

Jennings keeps up this busy pace while taking his MPA classes online.

“The professors here are wonderful,” Jennings reflected. “They are very understanding and supportive, and always here to help.”

Jennings has a goal of running for and winning a congressional seat in Washington, D.C. or maybe even becoming governor so he can make positive changes to communities.

He found his calling at UWG.

“I’ve found that politics is where I want to be–better yet, it’s where I belong.”

Posted on November 3, 2017