Tim Hynes was officially sworn in as Clayton State University's fourth president during a ceremony Friday.
Hynes, who was the first member of his family to graduate from college, was named Clayton State's president in February. He began working at the college in May 2009 when he was named the interim president.
During his inaugural address Hynes emphasized the importance of developing partnerships and adapting to change.
"We are in the business of educating citizens," he said, explaining that students' education must include preparing them to succeed in the economic and societal conditions in which they live.
Clayton State enrolls more than 6,500 students and is known for its nursing, business and other academic programs.