Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas Hynes has been named to the prestigious “2015 Georgia's Power List,” Georgia Trend magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians.”
Presented in the January 2015 issue of Georgia Trend, which features “Georgian of the Year” University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby on the cover, the 100 Most Influential Georgians list is, according to the magazine, a year-round process, beginning with an initial working list of far more than 100 distinguished Georgians.
A great deal of debate goes into narrowing the field down to the final 100, however, Georgia Trend asserts that, “we believe (the list) reflects the realities of leadership, power and influence in Georgia.
“Some of the 100 wield their influence in the limelight; others work behind the scenes. But all of them impact the daily lives of Georgians everywhere.”
There’s no doubt that the 100 Most Influential Georgians are just that. It’s a list that includes leaders in government, education, business (Delta, Georgia Power, Southern Co., Coca-Cola Co., SunTrust Banks, AT&T Georgia), healthcare, economic development, non-profit management and religion.
In addition to naming Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, and U.S. senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, the list also includes numerous other elected officials from throughout the state, as well as most of the rest of the leaders of state government.
Joining Hynes (and Huckaby) from higher education are a “Who’s Who” of USG presidents; Dr. Ricardo Azziz of Georgia Regents, Dr. Mark Becker of Georgia State, Dr. Brooks Keel of Georgia Southern, Dr. Kyle Marrero of West Georgia, Dr. Jere W. Morehead of UGA, Dr. Dan Papp of Kennesaw State, and Dr. G.P. Peterson of Georgia Tech. Add to that Cathy Cox of Young Harris College, Dr. William D. Underwood of Mercer University, Dr. James W. Wagner of Emory University and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ronald Jackson, and the list pretty well covers the state’s leaders in higher education.
One interesting name on the list is an individual Clayton State’s Film and Digital Media Center has been working closely with to help further the state’s booming entertainment efforts; Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office in the Georgia Department of Economic Development.