This year, the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University, with the generous support of Dr. Gene Hatfield, has established the Gene Hatfield Annual Service Award, whose purpose is to recognize an individual for their outstanding and significant acts of service to the University and its community.
For the past five years, the College of Arts and Sciences has been presenting the Gene Hatfield Scholar of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards to faculty members. As is the case with the Service Award, these honors are made possible by and named after Dr. Eugene Hatfield, long-time (1976–2008) history professor at Clayton State.
From the 2013/2014 academic year on, the Hatfield Scholar and Teacher of the Year awards have been joined by the Hatfield Service Award. At the recent awards ceremony, Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Nasser Momayezi announced that Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes had been named the recipient of the first Gene Hatfield Service Award. As Momayezi explains, Hynes’ contributions to the new science building now rising out of the ground on the Clayton State campus made the award a natural.
“As Clayton State’s president, Dr. Hynes has made enduring and extraordinary contributions to this University in general, and to the College of Arts and Sciences in particular,” says Momayezi. “Since 2005, the Natural Sciences faculty have been hoping for a much-needed science building. The lack of a dedicated science building has limited the University’s enrollment, in effect limiting the number of students who can make their dreams real at Clayton State.”
Momayezi points out that, this past legislative session, the University secured almost $20 million dollars earmarked for the science building.
“We strongly believe that without the tireless efforts and fervent advocacy on the part of Dr. Tim Hynes, the new science building would still be a dream unfulfilled,” he says.
Momayezi also harked back to the November 2013 groundbreaking for the science building, at which time University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal summed up Hynes’ contributions to the building. At that time, Huckaby asked Deal, “Please, give this Energizer Bunny [Hynes] the science building, and get him off my back!” On his part, the Governor exclaimed, “I thought Dr. Hynes was a member of the Legislature, because I saw him every day at the Capitol!”
“Presenting Dr. Hynes with our first Gene Hatfield Annual Service Award is our way of saying `thank you’ for his relentless efforts and unflagging enthusiasm in advancing Clayton State University and the College of Arts and Sciences,” says Momayezi.
On his part, Hynes accepted the award with a succinct, “I love this work!”
Hynes began his service as president of Clayton State University in May 2009. During his tenure at Clayton State, the University has put into action a comprehensive strategic plan, has been ranked eighth among public regional colleges in the south by U.S. News & World Report and has been called a “treasure of a Georgia university” by James magazine. Hynes has also overseen the opening of the Laboratory Annex Building, groundbreaking of the new science building, the doubling of the University’s on-campus residential housing, a record enrollment, and the establishment of growing partnerships with the Clayton, Henry and Fayette public schools; all initiatives that track to the new strategic plan. He also serves as Chairman of the Regional Business Coalition, and co-director of Leadership Fayette.
He holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Massachusetts; master's degree from University of North Carolina; Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts; Certificate of Participation from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management, Harvard’s New Presidents Institute and the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Academy.
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, Member of the Executive Committee of the Carroll Tomorrow Initiative, and a member of the Clayton County and Metro Atlanta Chambers of Commerce.