CSU Names Tom Hackett as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Tom HackettCOLUMBUS, Ga. Tom Hackett, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Columbus State University for the past year and a half, has been named to the position permanently, CSU President Tim Mescon announced Tuesday.


“It is with the greatest of pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Tom Hackett as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Columbus State University,” Mescon said in an email to campus Tuesday evening. “In this capacity, Dr. Hackett serves as the senior vice president on the President’s staff.”

Hackett is a seasoned administrator and a longtime member of the CSU team, having served as a faculty member, chairperson of the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Professional Studies in CSU's College of Education and Health Professions, as well as the director of CSU's Graduate School. He played a key role in designing and launching Columbus State's first doctoral degree program. He is both an alumnus of Columbus State University and a parent of a CSU student.

He holds both baccalaureate and Master of Education degrees from Columbus State University, an Education Specialist designation from Auburn University, and a doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining the university faculty, Hackett was a high school teacher, principal, a system-level chief of operations, and a superintendent of schools in Phenix City.

“I’m really looking forward to working with our team,” Hackett said. “We have tremendous potential at this institution and I am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff to move the university forward.”

 He said some of the most immediate priorities will involve working on the university’s strategic plan, the completion of a salary equity study and working with faculty and staff in negotiating the changing landscape of higher education in Georgia.

Hackett was one of four finalists for the position who visited campus for a series of interviews. Mescon said feedback from the committee and others across campus greatly aided in making the final decision.

“Colleagues described Tom Hackett as one who is ‘self-aware and one who sincerely listens to others,’” Mescon said. “He has been described by CSU colleagues in this process as ‘sincere, genuine and authentic.’ A committee member observed that Dr. Hackett ‘greatly valued the role of staff at the University.’”

After serving for a brief period as an associate provost, Hackett was named interim provost in September 2010.

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Photo: Dr. Tom Hackett