By Curt Yeomans
Queen Elizabeth, II, of the United Kingdom, does it approximately 2,600 times a year -- according to her web site, at least -- and Catholic popes have done it countless times over the centuries, but it almost never happens at Clayton State University.
"It" is the act of conducting an investiture. According to the bane of many a college professor's existence -- the web site, Wikipedia -- investiture is a term derived from the Latin preposition, "in," and the verb "vestis," which roughly translate to "in clothing," or "in garment." In plain English, and less vague terms, it means the formal installation of a person to a public position, or in Clayton State's case, to the presidency of the university.
And, investiture is exactly what will happen to Clayton State President Tim Hynes, when he is officially, and formally, installed as the university's fourth, permanent president in early October, in the midst of a three-day inauguration celebration at the Morrow-based school.
The university announced earlier this week that Hynes' investiture ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m., in the university's Athletics and Fitness Center.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia appointed Hynes to be Clayton State's newest president in February, after he had led the school for nine months in an interim capacity.
He came to the university in June 2009, from the University of West Georgia, as a temporary replacement for former Clayton State President Tom Harden, who left to take a similar position in Wisconsin.
The university is expected to release a full schedule of inaugural events, set to take place between Thursday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 2, at a later date.