By Cana Cooper
During the Department of Behavioral and Social Science’s Homecoming breakfast, Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development at Lee, was presented with the Department Alumnus of the Year Award.
“Mike’s humility, coupled with his fierce passion to instill lasting change in our students, speaks to his character, his calling, and his servant leadership,” said Dr. Heather Quagliana, professor of psychology at Lee. “I cannot think of a greater honor than watching an alumnus of our program provide transformational leadership in the context that nurtured him as a student.”
A 1990 graduate of Lee University, Hayes served for two years as a counselor in Lee’s Office of Counseling and Testing before moving to a position as director of student development in 1997. He then earned his position as the assistant vice president for student life before becoming vice president.
Hayes received his doctorate of education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in educational administration and policy studies. Prior to this, he did graduate work at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in counseling and industrial/organizational psychology after completing his Bachelor of Arts at Lee College.
Hayes currently teaches a student leadership development class, two graduate college student development courses, and an abnormal psychology course at Lee. He is also the coordinator for Lee’s college student development master’s program and oversees all internships.
“Dr. Hayes found his place at Lee,” said Alan Wheeler, lecturer in anthropology at Lee. “Despite under-resourced beginnings, God worked a miracle in his life and brought him to Lee University. He has chosen to give back to the community that poured into him, and is now helping other students find their place at Lee.”
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