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George W. Hynd Bio

George W. Hynd

George W. Hynd Bio

George W. Hynd is the 6th President of Oakland University. He was appointed by the Board of Trustees in July 2014 and inaugurated on April 29, 2015.

He leads the distinguished metropolitan institution with more than 40 years of educational experience, including a number of other leadership roles at nationally recognized universities. He is responsible for recommending policies, practices, strategies and other matters to the Board of Trustees; oversight of academic affairs, finance and administration, student affairs, development, alumni relations, community engagement, government relations, strategic planning, legal affairs and communications; and direction over all other functions necessary to fulfill the University's mission and strategic plan.

Before arriving at Oakland University, Hynd served as provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs for the College of Charleston in South Carolina. From 2010 to 2014, Hynd successfully managed an academic affairs budget of nearly $90 million, created new undergraduate and graduate degree programs, expanded summer school online and distance education offerings, and increased recruitment efforts to first-generation and underrepresented students.

Before coming to the College of Charleston, Hynd held positions as senior vice provost for education and innovation and dean and director of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education at Arizona State University. Responsible for facilitating innovation and collaboration in educational programs across the university’s four campuses, Hynd’s accomplishments include creating an external funding office infrastructure to increase grant activity, facilitating faculty integration between the Institute and Graduate School of Education, and fostering various program-related development initiatives.

While serving as dean of the College of Education at Purdue University from 2003-07, he created two new multidisciplinary centers – the Center for P-12 Engagement and the Center for Research and Engagement in Science and Mathematics Education. From 1979-2003, Hynd served in faculty and administrative roles at the University of Georgia, including chair of the Division for the Education of Exceptional Children, director of the School of Professional Studies and associate dean of Research and External Affairs. 

Additionally, he has served as a clinical assistant professor of neurology at the Medical College of Georgia since 1981 and began his higher education career as an assistant professor of psychology at Northern Arizona University in 1976. Prior to that, he was a school psychologist in the Department of Education for the Territorial Government of Guam and worked as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles.

With a background in clinical child neuropsychology, Hynd has authored, co-authored and edited 11 books, authored and co-authored 57 book chapters and 153 refereed journal articles, most of which focus on theoretical and clinical issues in the field of clinical child neuropsychology. He was director of the Center for Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology from 1987-2004, providing comprehensive neuropsychological and educational evaluation of children, adolescents and adults suffering neurological or psychiatric disorders. He also served as associate director of the Georgia Children’s Center from 1984-87 and director of the Psychoeducational Clinic from 1982-84.

Hynd is the recipient of numerous honors and awards that include, the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award, National Academy of Neuropsychology; an Honorary Doctorate, Doctor Honoris Cavsa (Psychology) from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland; Legends of School Psychology, National Association of School Psychologists; Senior Scientist Award, Division 16 (School Psychology), American Psychological Association.

He currently serves on the Detroit Economic Club Board of Directors; Rochester Hills Mayor’s Business Council; Medical Main Street Board; Horizon League Board of Directors; Horizon League Investment Committee; and the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan Board. Previous appointments include Committee Member, STEM Education Commission, NASULGC; Chair, AACTE Research & Dissemination Committee; and the Scientific Advisory Board, International Dyslexia Association.

Hynd earned an Ed.D. in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado; an M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision from the University of Guam; as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Pepperdine University.

President Hynd and his wife Alison are soon to be empty nesters. Their daughter Elise will be a freshman at the University of Georgia; Erin a junior at the College of Charleston; April Hynd Olson and two grandchildren reside in Honolulu; and son Brian and grandson in Eugene, Oregon.

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