Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr., has taken the opportunity of today’s dedication of the Laboratory Annex Building (The LAB) to comment on the significance of the new building in terms of the University’s present and future.
Speaking to a packed house in the Business and Health Sciences Building, Hynes thanked a wide variety of people and organizations for helping make The LAB a reality. Foremost among these were University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis, Jr., the entire Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System, and the BOR staff (who were represented at today’s event by Sharon Ferguson Brittain, assistant vice chancellor for Design and Construction).
Hynes made it clear that Davis and the Regents were partners with Clayton State in this endeavor from the beginning and, without their support, and their work with the legislature and former Governor Sonny Perdue, The LAB would not have been built.
Hynes’ remarks in general focused on the subject of the University’s strategic partnerships with a number of organizations in the Southern Crescent, noting that, on the bottom line, strategic partnerships work.
“There are goals we can reach with our partners,” he said, speaking of the future, notably the proposed new science building, currently in the design phase. “We seek and encourage strategic partnerships in learning.”
Hynes also spoke of the future, a future he says is a bright one, thanks in to the University’s partners, and the people of Clayton State.
“People here are pulling more than their weight,” he said. “We have an opportunity to find excellence in our own terms. Excellence can be defined in our terms.”