“The fellowship was a tremendous learning experience, the most interesting year of my academic life, and a true blessing to be granted the opportunity,” says Hayes.
Furthermore, he says that the three most important things he learned were different leadership styles for different situations, the need to have constant communication and the importance of having a strategic plan.
With this new knowledge, Hayes is facilitating a strategic planning conference, Sept. 18-20, at the Schiff Family Conference Center for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Representatives from most of the 28 Jesuit universities are attending.
Hayes was one of 35 ACE Fellows chosen by the American Council on Education and was selected from over 300 applications and 50 interviewees. He is currently in his 30th year at Xavier.