UGA College of Education Associate Dean George Hynd Named Dean at Purgue

ATHENS, Ga. – George W. Hynd, the University of Georgia College of Education’s associate dean for research and external affairs, has been named dean of Purdue University’s School of Education.

“My career here at the University of Georgia has been fulfilling in so many ways, both personally and professionally. The opportunity to serve as associate dean under Dean Castenell has prepared me well for this new position,” said Hynd. “It is with sadness that I leave so many wonderful colleagues and friends here, but I know we will develop equally as rewarding relationships there among the fine people in Indiana.”

The appointment, effective July 1, was announced at a press conference Friday in West Lafayette, Ind., by Provost Sally Frost Mason, and is subject to approval by the Purdue University Board of Trustees.

“Purdue’s gain is our loss. George Hynd is an outstanding administrator and well known for his research in understanding the neurobiological basis of childhood learning and behavior disorders,” said Louis Castenell, UGA education dean. “We are pleased and proud of Dr. Hynd’s achievements. He richly deserves this honor.” Castenell plans to name a permanent replacement for Hynd by July 1.

Hynd, a Distinguished Research Professor in special education and clinical psychology, joined the UGA faculty in 1979. He was appointed one of three associate deans of the college in March 2000. He had previously served as director of the School of Professional Studies and was director of the UGA Center for Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology. He was also chair for the division for the education of exceptional children and chairman of the college’s school psychology program. Hynd earned his doctorate in school psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1976.

Purdue’s School of Education offers bachelor’s degrees in elementary, social studies and special education. The departments of curriculum and instruction and educational studies also offer graduate-level courses and degrees. The school serves more than 2,500 students with more than 70 faculty members.