Toby Hinton Joins State Commission to Oversee Higher Ed

Now it is official. Meet COMMISSIONER Toby Hinton, a newly appointed member of the state board that oversees private higher education in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal made it so on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, when he administered the oath of office to Hinton and other appointees to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission at a special state capitol ceremony. 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. Hinton, who came to brenau two years ago as financial services vice president after serving for several years as a member of the university outside auditing firm, represents the 7th Congressional District on the commission.

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. You can read the full story at