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INTERIM PRESIDENT, LIFELONG LEARNER GEORGE W. HYND:


Dr. George W. Hynd became Winthrop’s interim president on March 1. He succeeds former President Daniel F. Mahony, who was named president of the Southern Illinois University System after nearly five years at Winthrop.


Hynd, a psychologist with special interest in child neuropsychology, has had a distinguished administrative career in higher education serving at several national and regional institutions and as a distinguished research professor, including a 24-year professorship at the University of Georgia.


Most recently, Hynd was the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Hynd served as president of Michigan’s Oakland University from 2014-17. Prior to his presidency, from 2010-14, he was provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the College of Charleston.


“One of the great things about Winthrop is that we’re doing so many things right. That’s very encouraging as an interim president. And I’m looking forward to the next two years.”


He came out of a brief retirement stint to lead Winthrop for 28 months while a national search begins for the university’s next president. “Because of my time at the College of Charleston, I was very familiar with Winthrop and have followed the university’s progress over the years. Our neighbors’ two daughters attended Winthrop so I was able to follow their journeys as well. When the interim presidency opportunity presented itself, it was just very appealing. I thought, ‘Being a president again would be a lot of fun,’”


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SPRING 2020


GEORGE W. HYND: INTERIM PRESIDENT, LIFELONG LEARNER


said Hynd, who is married to Alison Hynd, a psychologist who has worked with autistic and language-delayed preschool children.


His goal, he said, is to establish a very firm foundation upon which the next president can continue building.


In his first month at Winthrop, he has been busy meeting and listening to students, faculty, staff and alumni, and he has been getting to know his way around Rock Hill. “Now we start digging into everything we want to accomplish,” he said.


That includes creating a campus facilities master plan. “We have the Winthrop Plan, the university’s strategic plan that addresses important areas such as enrollment and fundraising, but we need to address who Winthrop is going to be in five to 10 years, and a campus master plan will help us have those discussions,” said Hynd. The master plan, according to Hynd, also will provide a vehicle for the university to partner with the community in visioning what the needs are of today’s Winthrop students and new students five to 10 years from now.


Another objective is to work on a three- to five- year financial model for the university that will support enrollment and scholarship growth.


One aspect of Winthrop that has especially impressed Hynd is the university’s commitment to global learning and study abroad opportunities. Hynd grew up in a military family that was stationed in Italy, Hawaii and southern California. While at Pepperdine University, he studied abroad in Germany and later earned a Fulbright Fellowship to Finland, all experiences that he described as “life-changing opportunities that helped shape me and my view of the world. I would encourage any student to study abroad in order to learn more about yourself, learn more about different cultures and traditions, and to come back home changed for the better.”


EDUCATION MORE ABOUT DR. HYND


• Doctor of Education degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado


• Master of Education in educational administration and supervision from the University of Guam


• Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology from Pepperdine University


HOBBIES


Traveling, reading (usually history or a John Grisham book), coin collecting and the allure of golf.


FAMILY


Wife Alison; four adult children: Erin, Elise, April and Brian; 13-year-old golden retriever, Curry.


For more information on Hynd, please visit www.winthrop.edu/president


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