UGA Professor/Athens Shooter Zinkhan Was Reclusive, Neighbor Says

More information is surfacing about George Zinkhan, the University of Georgia marketing professor who killed three near downtown Athens this morning. Three people were shot fatally, including Zinkhan’s wife (also reported as his ex-wife), Marie Bruce and two men, Tom Tanner and Ben Teague. Two others were injured. Zinkhan is currently still at large.

CNN has information from a board member of the Town and Gown Players who says the theater group was hosting a reunion picnic. Marie Bruce was president of the Town and Gown Players.

Athens is hosting one of its biggest events year today. 30,000 people are currently in town for the Twilight Criterium, an annual professional cycling event and festival. Police presence is high as the search for Zinkhan continues.

Zinkhan was a respected academic, although his neighbors say he seemed more like a blue collar worker than a professor and that he kept to himself. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Zinkhan wrote a poem (which now seems chilling) that was posted to a page of the American Marketing Association Web site:

“the dark department head is always lurking,

making the rounds with a crooked, yankee-trader smile,

full of false promise about a better time to come.”

Update: More poetry from Zinkhan at the American Marketing Association website (fyi, a few links are not working).

Here is the full text of the above-sampled poem:

B-School

ARC:Etc.:Arts:Marketing as Life: sailing on the accountancy

ARContribution by George N. Zinkhan

“sailing on the accountancy”
over the years, our accounting department reaps great
benefits, because of the large numbers of students who
clamor to wet their beak at our fountain of knowledge

of course, in the long run, this is
so much better than the opposite situation —  the dying discipline,
staffed by shadowy faculty members and thin excuses

nonetheless, in the short run, this means that we teach many,
many, many (extra) classes — always
with vague promises of relief in the future

the dark department head is always lurking,
making the rounds with a crooked, yankee-trader smile,
full of false promise about a better time to come

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