Dr. Tom Hackett (Interim President)First named as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs in 2010, Tom Hackett was appointed provost and vice-president for academic affairs in 2012. He began his career at CSU in 2004 when he joined the faculty and has served as professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Foundations and director of graduate studies for the College of Education and Health Professions.
In 2006, Hackett was named to the College of Education Hall of Fame, honored as an Outstanding Teacher of Writing in 2008, and received the Thomas E. Harrison Leadership Award in 2009.
Prior to joining Columbus State, Hackett served in many capacities in the public school systems of Phenix City, Ala. and Alexander City, Ala. His roles included high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, system-level chief of auxiliary services and superintendent.
Hackett received a bachelor of arts and a master of education from Columbus College, which is CSU today, an educational specialist degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama and a doctorate of education degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.