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Hynes takes over as CSU's interim president

From Staff Reports

Thomas J. Hynes, Jr., officially began work Monday as Clayton State University's interim president, the university said in a statement.

Hynes, who has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of Mass Communications at the University of West Georgia since 1996 - except for two stints as acting president of UWG - takes over Clayton State from Thomas K. Harden.

Harden, who is leaving after nine years at Clayton State, was picked in January by the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents to be the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

"We are extremely fortunate to be able to call on Dr. Hynes' strong leadership skills during this transition. Clayton State University has a great deal of momentum going for it, and I am confident that the institution will be in excellent hands under Dr. Hynes," University System of Georgia Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst said in January.

Hynes previously served as interim dean of the University of Louisville from 1990 to 1996, Clayton State University spokesman John Shiffert said in a statement announcing Hynes' arrival. Before that, Hynes was associate dean of the university from 1988 to 1990, and had been a member of the University of Louisville faculty since 1978.

"Colleagues: I am honored to have this chance to join the Clayton State University community," Hynes said in a statement Monday.

Hynes is expected to serve as interim president at Clayton State until the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents selects Harden's permanent successor.