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Dr. Tim Hynes Receives Permanent Appointment as President of Clayton State University

Atlanta — February 9, 2010

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Dr. Thomas J. Hynes Jr.

University System of Georgia Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst announced today that the Board of Regents has approved the permanent appointment of Dr. Thomas J. (Tim) Hynes Jr. as president of Clayton State University in Morrow. He has served as the college’s interim president since June 1, 2009.

“Dr. Hynes has done an excellent job as Clayton State’s interim president,” said Herbst. Herbst has spoken to faculty, staff, students and community members about his leadership. “Dr. Hynes was universally praised for his contributions to date, his clear-headed thinking about budgets and operations, his outreach to all members of the Clayton community, his high academic standards and his strong belief in team work and transparency,” she reported. “Dr. Hynes has developed a great love of Clayton State, and the community feels that he is a superb leader.”

Hynes was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of West Georgia – a position in which he had served since 1996 – when he was tapped for the interim presidential appointment at Clayton State. On two different occasions in the last decade (the 1999-2000 and 2006-2007 academic years), Hynes served as acting president of the University of West Georgia.

Hynes previously served as interim dean of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., from 1990 to 1996. Before that, he was associate dean of the university from 1988 to 1990 and had been a member of the University of Louisville faculty since 1978. He has also held teaching positions at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the University of Massachusetts (UM) in Amherst and the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill. He was named National Debate Coach of the Year in 1982 by Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and in 1983 by the Barkley Forum of Emory University in Atlanta.

Hynes was a member of the Board of Regents Advisory Committee that developed the 1998 Regents’ Principles for the Preparation of Teachers. Still in use today, these principles guarantee the quality of all teachers prepared by the University System of Georgia.

Hynes, the author or editor of 10 textbooks and numerous publications, holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in communications studies from UM and a Master of Arts degree in speech from UNC. In 2005, he earned a certificate of participation in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management, and in 2003, he participated in the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Academy.

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