Thomas J. (Tim) Hynes Jr. currently serves as President of Clayton State University. Before arriving at Clayton State, he served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Professor of Mass Communication at the University of West Georgia. On two different occasions, he served as Acting President of that institution.
Before coming to Georgia in 1996, he was on the faculty at the University of Louisville for 18 years. There he served as the founding director of the University Debate Program, and in that role led the program in the first six years to a National Debate Tournament (NDT) win, and to participate in the final four two other times. From 1990 to 1996, he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest academic unit at that institution. Together with the college of education, Louisville was a charter member of the Holmes Group reform for the preparation of teachers.
In addition to his other duties, Hynes has served as Chair of the Georgia Humanities Council, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament, Member of the Executive Committee of the National Communication Association, and Director of its Finance Board, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Carroll Tomorrow Initiative. He also has served as chair of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and is current chair of that group’s Education and Workforce Development committee, member of the Fayette County and Metro Atlanta Chambers of Commerce. He also is the Chair of the Regional Business Coalition, Chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Clayton County Archway Partnership, and serves as co-chair of Leadership Fayette. He serves on the Educated Subcommittee of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Economic Competiveness Strategic Implementation Committee.
Among honors held, he was named by both Emory University and Georgetown University as National Debate Coach of the Year. He was named nine times by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the Leaders in Atlanta Education. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, he was named by Georgia Trend as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians as well as among Influential Georgians named by James Magazine. He has received the Chairman’s Award from the Clayton County Chamber, and the Carl Rhodenizer Community Service Award from the Clayton County Chamber, the Chet Wells Award for Fayette County Chamber Service, the Visionary Award 2016 of South Metro Development Outlook, and the 2017 Good Shepherd Educational Pillar Award.
Dr. Hynes has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a PhD from that institution in Communication Studies. He also holds an MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has edited 10 text books, and authored more than 40 articles and scholarly papers.
Hynes has one adult son, Patrick, who resides in Portland, OR. Patrick has finished in the top 100 of both the Boston and the New York City Marathons, as well as the top 70 in the Peachtree Road Race on two occasions. Tim has completed 26 marathons and 20 Peachtree Road Races—none in the top 100.