Howard Payne University is readying the final details for events related to the inauguration of Cory Hines, Ph.D., as the institution’s 20th president. Inauguration activities are scheduled for Sept. 17-21, 2019, with the Inauguration Ceremony to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. in Mims Auditorium.


For those who are unable to attend the Inauguration Ceremony, HPU has announced that the event will be available to view by livestream on the official HPU Facebook page ( The livestream will also be accessible from the university’s website (


In addition to the Inauguration Ceremony, the public is also invited to the Inaugural Chapel Service at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18; the Inaugural Reception, following the Inauguration Ceremony; and the Inaugural HPU Family Tailgate, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, preceding the HPU football game at Gordon Wood Stadium. Details on inauguration activities are available at


Dr. Hines, a native of Gainesville, Texas, earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education from HPU in 1997. He pursued graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in Christian education in 2000, and Dallas Baptist University, where he earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership studies – higher education in 2012.


Prior to his return to HPU, Dr. Hines served as an administrator at Dallas Baptist University. During his years at DBU, he held various leadership roles as vice president in the areas of enrollment, advancement, graduate affairs, external affairs, and alumni and community relations. He also taught at DBU and provided leadership in the creation of several graduate programs there. His professional experience also includes full-time ministry, having served as executive pastor and student pastor at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church (now The Avenue Church) in Waxahachie. Dr. Hines and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Mackenzie and Caleb.