Columbus State University associate provost Gregory Domin died from an apparent heart attack while driving to his Byron, Ga., home Wednesday evening, CSU provost and vice president for academic affairs Tom Hackett confirmed Monday.
Domin was 46 and is survived by his wife, Barbara, and three children.
No other injuries were reported in the car accident on Ga. Highway 49, Hackett said.
"Folks on the scene, once they saw he was non-responsive, tried to do CPR," he said. "Paramedics were unable to revive him."
Domin came to CSU in 2009 from Mercer University in Macon to chair the political science department. A year later, he already was promoted to associate provost for graduate education, distance learning and international affairs.
Hackett said he wasn't aware of any history of heart trouble Domin might have had, but Hackett is certain Domin put his heart into his work.
"We were in the process of moving toward a graduate school, and Greg really brought it to fruition," Hackett said. " He just had a tremendous work ethic."
Domin was president-elect for the Georgia Council of Graduate Schools. He also helped increase participation in online courses and international programs at CSU, Hackett said.
"It was Greg's philosophy to make our campus a global learning community," he said.
Despite a full load of administrative duties, Domin insisted on continuing to teach. He taught two or three online courses at a time, Hackett said, doing the coursework each night after making the 90-minute commute home.
In fact, Domin taught as many students as any full-time faculty member, said Tom Dolan, chairman of CSU's political science department.
"He was devoted to his students," Dolan said. "The comments I'm receiving from them reflect that."
Hackett will handle Domin's administrative responsibilities and Dolan will teach his classes until the leadership decides his successor. But the respect Domin built through his "light touch" will be hard to replace, Dolan said.
"He could get you to do things just because you wanted to do them for this really nice person," Dolan said.
Columbus area residents who don't know Domin's work at CSU might know him through his columns in the Ledger-Enquirer.
"Greg Domin's articles had become a familiar presence in the Ledger-Enquirer's opinion pages, both print and online, offering thoughtful insights on postgraduate study, distance learning and other opportunities in higher education," said L-E editorial page editor Dusty Nix. "His latest and, sadly, last column appeared as recently as Monday. His contributions to the public dialogue will be missed."
According to his obituary, Domin was born in Jersey City, N.J. A memorial gathering was held Friday at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon.