Dr. Cory Hines, President of Howard Payne University, will be speaking at the Chamber’s March monthly luncheon.  Dr. Hines will inform on HPU and the future plans for the campus.

When the Howard Payne University Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Hines as the twentieth President in the school’s 130-year history on March 18, 2019. Dr. Hines began serving as President just two weeks later on April 1, 2019.

A native of Gainesville, Texas, and a 1997 graduate of Howard Payne, Dr. Hines has a broad range of experience in higher education administration. Before returning home to HPU in April of 2019, Dr. Hines served as the Vice President for Enrollment at a sister Texas Baptist institution. In addition to serving as Vice President for Enrollment, he previously served that institution in other capacities as a Vice President in the areas of Advancement, Graduate Affairs, External Affairs, and Alumni and Community Relations.

Beyond his administrative responsibilities at his previous institution, he also taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and provided leadership in the creation of several graduate programs. Active in Texas Baptist life, he also has experience in the ministry, having served as executive pastor and student pastor at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church (now The Avenue Church) in Waxahachie, Texas.

As mentioned previously, Dr. Hines earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Howard Payne in 1997. He then went on to earn his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies with a focus in Higher Education from Dallas Baptist University in 2012.

Dr. Hines has been married to the lovely Mrs. Hines, Melinda, for twenty-two years, and together they have two children, Mackenzie, a senior at Brownwood High School, and Caleb, an eighth-grader at Brownwood Middle School. The Hines family attends Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

The luncheon will be held at the Brownwood Country Club.  Buffet lunch opens at 11:30 am with the program beginning at noon.  The buffet lunch is $14 payable to the Brownwood Country Club.