President Ivory V. Nelson has announced that Tracey J. Hunter Hayes has been elected president of the Alumni Association of Lincoln University (AALU) for a term ending in 2011, adding to his long standing service and commitment to his alma mater.The AALU is an organization of graduates whose primary purpose provides support to assist the university in achieving short and long-term goals.
Hunter Hayes was named director of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library as well as an associate professor at Lincoln University in October. He graduated from Lincoln University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1987 and earned a master's in library science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.
He also has a master's of divinity degree in theology and ethics from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
Over the years, Hunter Hayes has served Lincoln University in other administrative positions. In 1992, he began his career at Lincoln as a special collections librarian and assistant professor and served as director of alumni relations from 2000 to 2002 and then again in 2005.
Hunter Hayes also has been an assistant director of library at Kentucky State University and Hampton University. Additionally, he has served at two major research libraries, including Temple University and Southern Illinois University before becoming the director of library at McGuire Air Force Base.
He has lived in Chicago, the result of an American Library Association Fellowship to conduct research and recruit librarians from underrepresented groups.
A life member of AALU, Hunter Hayes has served on the Lincoln University Board of Trustees as well as the boards of Tree House Books and Concerned Black Men, Inc., both of Philadelphia.
Hunter Hayes has received numerous awards from Lincoln University, including the Walter Fales Memorial Prize in Philosophy, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Trustee Award for Distinguished Service, Alumni Founder's Day Award and Dr. H. Alfred Farrell Alumni Award for Service. He is also the recipient of the Leaders and Legends Award (2007) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Alumnus Award (2007)
Hunter Hayes has several published articles and reports. His most recent publication is a book review in the fall 2007 issue of The Lincoln Journal of Social and Political Thought.
In 2006, Hunter Hayes and his wife, Kathleen J. Butler Hayes, a 1989 Lincoln University graduate, established the Langston Hughes Memorial Library Endowment Fund to enhance services provided to patrons of the library.