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Liberating the Spirit in Oakland Since 1868 - The Inauguration of William J. Hynes, Ph.D.

HNU President William J. Hynes, Ph.D.

President's Biography

Dr. William J. Hynes is a distinguished teacher, scholar, and educational leader. He holds the Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago in the History of Christian Thought, another M.A. in Catholic Theology from Marquette University, his BA from Conception College, and Certificates from both Harvard University and the University of Geneva. A year-long NEH Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill allowed him to work with Charles Long, a pre-eminent scholar of African-American religious history.

Dr. Hynes has served successfully as President of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, Vice-President of Academic Affairs at St. Mary’s College of California, and Dean of the College at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has held faculty appointments at all these institutions and taught undergraduates and graduate students for more than 20 years. Hynes is the author of three books. He is concluding work on a fourth book on the Principles of Entrepreneurship based upon interviews with 30 entrepreneurs. His previous book, Mythical Trickster Figures with William Doty, was cited by The Times Literary Supplement as “an admirable successor” to Paul Radin’s classic study.

Bill and his spouse, Margie Shurgot Hynes, are well-known to the San Francisco Bay Area community, where they resided from 1990 to 2000. While in the Bay Area, Ms. Shurgot held executive fundraising positions with the San Francisco Symphony, the Campaign to Restore the War Memorial Opera House, and California College of the Arts. She currently directs the fundraising and marketing operations for Catholic Charities in San Francisco.

For a complete vitae of Dr. Hynes, click here.

Click here to see President Hynes appearance on the October 17, 2012 edition of KQED's Check Please.

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