Former alumni director awarded resolution of appreciation on behalf of ASUAF

Lakeidra Chavis/ Sun Star Reporter

Feb. 25, 2014

Former Alumni Association Executive Director Joe Hayes, who resigned two weeks ago, has been given full appreciation behalf of an ASUAF resolution.

“SR 182-001 A Resolution of Appreciation for THE MAN, aka Joe Hayes,” thanked Hayes for all of his work at the university. It was written by ASUAF president Ayla O’Scannell and sponsored by Senator McKinley Zakurdaew.

Hayes, a UAF alumnus, was the first and so far the only Black American ASUAF president and student regent. He worked for the university for more than two decades.

“Joe Hayes’ exceptional leadership, guidance, and institutional knowledge is still sought by ASUAF members and the UAF community,” the resolution said, “His presence on the campus and on the Alumni Board of Directors will be sorely missed.”

“I felt honored,” Hayes said, “There are many groups that don’t look at students as the best product we have, and that’s one thing that the Alumni Association did.”

The senate passed the resolution by a 7-3 vote, six days after Hayes officially resigned.

Since his resignation, Hayes started his own consulting firm, The Hayes Group, LLC.

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