First CSU Presidential Candidate Visits Campus This Week

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The first of several candidates to become Columbus State University’s next president will be on campus this week.

Thomas 'Tim' Hynes, currently vice president for academic affairs at the University of West Georgia, will visit CSU Wednesday and Thursday for a series of interviews and meetings.

Hynes has served as vice president for academic affairs since 1996 and has served two terms as acting president — from June 1, 2006-Aug. 10, 2007 and previously during the 1999-2000 academic year. Prior to arriving in Carrollton, he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville for six years, spending the previous 12 years as a member of the faculty of that institution, and five years as the chair of the Faculty Assembly of the college. He is the author or editor of 10 textbooks, and has completed more than 50 publications and scholarly presentations.

The public is invited to hear Hynes during two sessions that are also open to all faculty, staff and students. First, Hynes will make a 30-minute presentation and answer questions on Wednesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. Then he will return to the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium on Thursday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. for a session devoted entirely to questions and answers.

“It’s important to remember that while we are seeking desirable finalists for us, we also are trying to convince these candidates that CSU would be a good place for them,” said George Stanton, vice president of academic affairs and chair of the CSU screening committee. “It is critical that students, faculty, staff, and area residents come to these public forums prepared to demonstrate the intellect, collegiality and spirit that make CSU and Columbus such a special place.”

This search process is part of a national search to succeed President Frank Brown, who is retiring June 30, 2008. The CSU Presidential Search and Advisory Committee is charged with selecting five unranked candidates for the Special Regents’ Search Committee, which will make the final selection in concert with University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis.

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