Alumni Director Joe Hayes to resign by end of the week

Updated Wednesday at 12:57 a.m.


Lakeidra Chavis/ Sun Star Reporter

Feb. 11, 2014


Joe Hayes, executive director of the UAF Alumni Association, has turned in his separation papers and expects to officially leave his job Friday.

Hayes declined to comment on his resignation or future employment until Saturday. In order for his resignation to be official, the papers need to be signed by Vice Chancellor Mike Sfraga, according to an email message sent to Alumni Association board members Tuesday night.

Senior Public Information officer Marmian Grimes confirmed Tuesday night that Hayes resigned from his position earlier this week.

Director of Development Emily Drygas will serve as the interim Alumni Association director until a new one can be hired. Drygas will continue to do her regular duties as director of development as well.

Hayes is a UAF alumnus and was the first Black American student government president and student regent, according to the Alumni Association’s website. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2000-2003. Since then, Hayes has routinely traveled to Juneau each year to advocate for the university’s budget to the Legislature.

He has been the director of the Alumni Association for 11 years. The Alumni Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise funds to create scholarships for students and other programs through donations and fundraising.

“People grow professionally and sometimes they decide to go and break off on their own. That’s great. I’m sure we all hope he finds lots success,” Grimes said.

University officials plan to meet with the Alumni Association Board of Directors to begin finding a new director, they plan to do a “full competitive search,” according to Grimes.

The Sun Star will continue to follow this story as more details unfold.


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