Oakland University appoints George Hynd as new school president

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Oakland University Board of Trustees on Wednesday selected George W. Hynd, who formerly served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the College of Charleston in South Carolina, as the suburban Detroit school's next president.

Hynd succeeds University Vice President Betty Youngblood, who has served as interim president for the past year.

"I am very excited and committed to making sure that OU's story is told in all spheres of influence," Hynd said in a statement. "I want to make sure our faculty members have the resources to be successful and involve students in their scholarship."

About 20,000 students attend Oakland. Its campus spans 1,443 acres in the Oakland County cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills.

"George's qualifications and abilities were a natural match for us at OU," said board Chairman Michael Kramer, who headed a 12-member search committee. "We thoroughly reviewed all the candidates, each outstanding in their own right, and George was the best fit to take us forward."

Youngblood became interim president after the sudden retirement of Gary Russi on June 12, 2013. That's the same day the university fired Russi's wife Beckie Francis as women's basketball coach.

Oakland has said that Francis physically and emotionally abused players, obsessed about their weight and pushed Christian beliefs on them. Francis denies the allegations.

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