Centre College’s Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays was recently inducted into the College Personnel Association of Kentucky’s (CPAK) Hall of Fame: Gallery of Outstanding Educators and Professionals in Higher Education. Hays was recognized at the award ceremony held at Transylvania University on Jan. 26.
The hall of fame honor recognizes colleagues in the state of Kentucky who serve their institutions, state, region and national associations through leadership and service. Hays was nominated for the award by fellow Centre colleagues and peers.
“I am humbled by this recognition,” Hays said. “That so many colleagues and friends were a part of the nominating process means a great deal to me. Any success I’ve had is a tribute to the professionals—past and present—whom I work with each day and to the students who’ve made this work so meaningful all these years.”
President John A. Roush said that throughout his career in higher education, he has had the opportunity to work with several outstanding student life vice presidents, so his habit is to have high expectations for those in the role.
“That said, I need to state clearly that Randy Hays is the best and strongest person with whom I have worked,” Roush added. “He is remarkable in all ways, and his best attribute, as I have said metaphorically many times, is that Randy is at his best when tough issues or decisions end up in his lap. When conflicts arise , he stands up and marches directly into it and solves the problem. That’s Randy Hays at his very best.”
Stephanie Fabritius, vice president for academic affairs, dean of the College and professor of biology, said she was thrilled to see him win this award and noted that it was much deserved.
“Randy is a very collaborative leader, and because of that, he is an outstanding partner with those of us in the academic affairs area,” she added. “This partnership between academics and student life is key to really educating the whole person. Randy is thoughtful, responsible, communicative and carries himself with a great sense of humor.”
Hays added that he always tells students to do what you love and to love what you do.
“Centre—students, staff, faculty, trustees—has been very good to me these 25 years, and I can honestly say that I still love what I do,” he concluded. “President Roush has been a huge advocate for what we do to educate our students ‘outside the classroom,’ and I’ve also appreciated his support of our efforts.”
Hays was promoted to the position of vice president and dean of student life in 2000 after serving since 1993 as director of residence life and counseling and associate dean of student life. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Berea College and a master’s in higher education administration at the University of Kentucky.
by Kerry Steinhofer
January 30, 2018