Clayton State University Interim President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr., has been named as one of the leading figures in Atlanta education by the Atlanta Business Chronicle (ABC) in that publication’s May 22-28 “Education” special insert.
Hynes, who took over the president’s office at Clayton State on May 18, 2009, is one of a group of Atlanta’s top educational leaders noted in the ABC’s second annual Education “Who’s Who.”
Hynes was previously provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor of mass communications at the University of West Georgia (UWG), holding the administrative positions for all but two years since 1996. On two occasions since 1999, Hynes served as acting president of UWG when President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna was called to the University System Office in Atlanta to serve as acting senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.
He 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. Prior to that, he taught at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the University of Massachusetts (UM) in Amherst and the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill.
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 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.
A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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