About the Author

by admin on April 7, 2011

About The Author

 

Jim Croushorn


In the words of the author, “the first time I ever thought of administration as a life’s work was in 1968 in a discussion with Dr. Ruth Schafer, my faculty advisor at the University of Alabama Graduate School of Social Work.  I told her that I thought the most idealistic way to spend my life would be to get a doctorate in Social Work and return to the welfare department in Birmingham and do good things with my 50 cases of Aid to Dependent Children.  Dr. Schaffer replied, ‘Croushorn you are wrong.  Idealism is not always best expressed at the point of confrontation.  If you can do good things with 50 cases, you can do more as a supervisor of five case workers which would influence what happens with 250 cases.’  From that day forward Jim focused on becoming an administrator.”


After graduating from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962 and serving three years of active duty in the U.S. Army(Ranger, Airborne, 20th Special Forces), Jim received his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama (1970) as well as a Masters in Public Administration (1971).  Three years in Athens, Georgia resulted in a Doctor of Public Administration (1974).  This was followed by four years teaching Social Welfare Administration at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Social Work.


From 1978 to 2002 Jim worked in various administrative positions in the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services and the Florida Department of Health.  During his last seven years before retirement he was the Administrative Officer for Emergency Operations for the Florida Department of Health.


Of the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in 1 Corinthians 12, Jim most closely identifies with the gift of administration (12:28).  “Every Christian should approach the way he earns his living as a result of his search for God’s will.  If a person chooses a job that he feels is God’s will for his life, I believe he can say that he is called by God to do that job.  I truly believe that God called me into government as an administrator.”


Jim married Linda Barron of Troy, Alabama in 1968. A graduate of Auburn, she retired as an elementary school assistant principal in Tallahassee in 2005.  He and Linda have two children.  Their son John is the Director of Emergency Medicine at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.  John served as a flight surgeon with the 185th Aviation Brigade, Balad, Iraq in 2004.  He and his wife have two children.  Jim and Linda’s daughter, Amy Lynn, also an Auburn Graduate, is an interior designer, and has an Internet business selling personalized birthday party supplies for children (www.makeitmineparties.com). Amy and her son live in Atlanta.