Gov. Deal Installs Hinton to Higher Ed Oversight Board

Jan 29, 2015
Brenau Staff
Toby Hinton gets state board appointment
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, left, and Brenau University Vice President Toby Hinton at ceremony installing Hinton as a member of the state commission that oversees viability and effectiveness of nonpublic higher education institutions.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, officially installed Brenau Vice President for Financial Services Toby Hinton as a member of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. The swearing-in ceremony occurred in the governor’s office at the state capitol in Atlanta. Hinton’s wife Suzanne also attended.

Georgia lawmakers established the commission in 1990 to regulate private colleges and universities, both nonprofit institutions like Brenau as well as for-profit entities involved in higher education.  The commission strives to make certain that the institutions are educationally sound and financially secure.

For example, before any degree-granting or non-degree-granting institution can operate, advertise or claim that it plans to operate higher education in the state, it must first receive a certificate of authorization from the GNPEC. The state agency monitors institutions to assure the public that the institutions’ academic programs meet minimum standards and that the programs provide graduates with appropriate job skills.

Hinton joins the board as its member representing the 7th Congressional District in the Northeast Atlanta suburbs. Others sworn in at the Thursday ceremony include Clinton Hobbs, vice president for enrollment management at Young Harris College as an at-large member; Agnes Scott College Human Resources Vice President Karen Gilbert for Congressional District 13; and Debra Sue Wade, director of compliance and administration at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Duluth, the 4th Congressional District representative.

“Toby is an excellent addition to this important commission,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader who recommended Hinton for membership. “He is a skilled financial auditor and can very quickly size up an institution’s stability and viability.”

After serving for several years with a private accounting firm as the university’s outside auditor, Hinton joined the Brenau executive team in 2012 with more than 20 years of experience in financial accounting and auditing of colleges and universities. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the American Association of Certified Public Accountants. Hinton earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He is licensed by the state of Georgia as a certified public accountant.

He and Suzanne live in Suwanee, Georgia, and have two children.