C. Ray Hayes
Chancellor of The University of Alabama System
Tel: (205) 348-4840
C. Ray Hayes is Chancellor of The University of Alabama System, which is one of America’s leading public university systems. Chancellor Hayes, who assumed his position on September 1, 2016, is the seventh chancellor in the history of the UA System. His professional career spans more than three decades of senior administrative leadership in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi.
As chief executive officer, Chancellor Hayes directs the planning, development and assessment of all activities of the UA System and is responsible for their effective and efficient implementation. He is the principal link between the Board of Trustees’ responsibility for policy and each campus president’s responsibility for operations, working closely with state and Federal officials and agencies and leaders in K-12 and post-secondary education as well as the business community. Hallmarks of Chancellor Hayes’ administrative philosophy include a strong student-centered focus in all aspects of policy-making, dedicated emphasis on fiscal and ethical integrity, and a stated commitment to student retention and academic success.
Prior to his unanimous election by the Board of Trustees to lead the UA System, Chancellor Hayes was the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. In that capacity he was the senior administrator responsible for the financial health and physical properties of the three-campus system, which is comprised of doctoral research universities in Tuscaloosa (UA), Birmingham (UAB) and Huntsville (UAH) as well as the world renowned UAB Health System.
With a budget of more than $5.9 billion, 65,600 students and 37,000 employees, The University of Alabama System is a major driver of economic growth for the state of Alabama and the region. The annual economic impact is approaching $9 billion. The three System campuses achieved new records for enrollment in the Fall of 2016 and are a model for the nation in teaching excellence, scientific research and public service.
Prior to his recruitment to the UA System in 2006, Chancellor Hayes was Vice President for Finance and Administration at Mississippi State University (2004-2006) and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (1992-2004). He earned his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Mississippi State and has held leadership roles with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Society for College and University Planning and other regional and national entities.
Chancellor Hayes has a long record of involvement with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as an off-site and on-site evaluator. He was a founding Board member of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. Among many other diverse contributions to economic growth and higher education partnerships, he is past chairman of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, a former member of the Texas A&M University System Investment Committee, and currently serves on numerous boards affiliated with the UA System. He is a member of the Leadership Alabama class of 2016.
Chancellor Hayes and his wife Kathy have two adult children, Nicholas and Sarah, and are the proud grandparents of Owen Hayes.