Williams College of Business selects new dean

By: Micah Price ~Staff Writer~

The Williams College of Business has found itself a new dean as the 2015-2016 school year comes to a close.

Tom Hayes, currently a professor and chair of the Xavier Marketing Department, was chosen for the position after an extensive, nation-wide search was completed.

Hayes has deep-seeded connections to Xavier. His father, Kaney Hayes, served as an economics professor under Thomas Hailstones.

Though homegrown, Hayes’ resume does not disappoint. With a degree in psychology, an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1982, Hayes comes highly qualified.

A member of the Xavier faculty since 1976, Hayes steps in for Brian Till, who left Xavier in last July for the business school at Marquette.

Hayes is known around campus for his study abroad initiatives, including his recent trips with students to Cuba, one of the first visits by local leaders since relations have been somewhat normalized following the nearly 50 year-long U.S. embargo against Cuba.

Off campus, Hayes is known for co-founding SimpsonScarborough, a Washington D.C. based higher education research, branding and marketing company.

“I am both honored and excited to begin work as the Williams College of Business dean,” Hayes said in a press release.

Hayes also expressed thoughts that seem to further ideas already in place at the business school, such as experiential learning.

“I am looking forward to sharing my passion and love for the (business school) and Xavier with the Cincinnati business community and working collaboratively with all of our internal and external partners,” Hayes said.

The Williams College of Business officially offers a wide range of degree programs, including 11 undergraduate majors, seven minors and five MBA programs. The school also offers graduate degrees in accountancy and costumer analytics.

Hayes will be at the spearhead of all these programs beginning on July 1, when his appointment officially takes place. On that day, a second-generation faculty member will move up. Perhaps there is a third Hayes to become President down the line?

Hayes and his wife, Mag, have three grown children, and live in Hyde Park, not far from campus.