George Hynd is a psychologist and educator who has held leadership positions at universities such as Pepperdine, the University of Northern Colorado and Charleston. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology as well as a doctorate in education.
He is a children’s neuropsychologist with expertise in learning disabilities. His enthusiasm for research and community involvement are essential elements of his leadership style.
Early Life and Education
Hynd was raised in different cultures, developing his ability to be an inclusive individual. His experiences have moulded him into an understanding and compassionate individual who strives to assist those less fortunate.
His expertise lies in clinical child neuropsychology, an area of research which examines genetic and biological factors that shape fetal brain development and may lead to learning, behavioral or psychiatric difficulties later in life. He has authored or coauthored 11 books; 57 book chapters; and published 160 refereed journal articles related to clinical child neuropsychology.
He is a highly-respected academic with an impressive record of accomplishment in education. He has held several leadership roles, such as dean of Purdue University’s College of Education and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at College of Charleston in South Carolina.
George Hynd has an accomplished career in higher education and community engagement. He has held several leadership roles, such as president at Oakland University in Michigan and provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the College of Charleston.
Over the course of his academic career, he has authored 11 books, co-authored 57 book chapters and published more than 160 refereed journal articles that address important theoretical and clinical concerns in clinical child neuropsychology.
Hynd has always had a special interest in the development of the brain during fetal and early childhood, particularly how it is affected by genetic and neurobiological factors that shape learning, behavior, and psychiatric disorders. He is particularly intrigued by how social/environmental influences can alter a child’s genetic makeup.
Achievements and Honors
George Hynd was a renowned research professor of special education and clinical psychology at the University of Georgia, with research funded by the National Institutes of Health that explored the neurobiological basis for learning disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, impulsivity, and anxiety in children.
He previously served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the College of Charleston, where he spearheaded the creation of new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in African American Studies, Archaeology, Exercise Science and Public Administration.
On Friday, Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees appointed Hynd as interim president. He succeeds Daniel F. Mahony, who stepped down last year after eight years at the helm.
Hynd has an accomplished professional career in education. He currently serves as Senior Vice Provost for Education and Innovation at Purdue University, while also holding a professorial position within their College of Education.
Professor Hynd is an expert in clinical child neuropsychology. His publications include more than 160 refereed journal articles and 11 books.
Hynd is happily married to Alison and father to two daughters: Erin and Elise.
He is a member of the American Educational Research Association and National Academy of Neuropsychology, for which he has received numerous awards and distinctions.
George Hynd is a man who lives a simple, nonmaterialistic life. He doesn’t possess many shiny objects, doesn’t ride surfboards, doesn’t seek fame or attention, and rarely visits popular beaches such as Pipeline. Furthermore, it appears he lacks enough money for a house; instead he lives in modest quarters next to the kitchen while working away in an unorganized workshop when not on his boat or ranch in Australia.
As president of Oakland University, he spearheaded a comprehensive campus-wide master planning effort and secured an $78 million, 750-bed student residence; furthermore, he formed an important partnership with the city of Pontiac and signed a five-year contract with the American Association of University Professors. On January 31, he was named interim president of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.