Alice Bourke Hayes, Ph.D.
Alice Hayes has devoted her entire life to contributing to others. Her legacy is alive and well in the minds and hearts of thousands throughout the world.
As President of the University of San Diego since 1995, Dr. Alice Hayes has already captured the regard and respect of the entire community. Her expansive resume is impressive but it is only a brief summary of a life committed to education, caring and contribution.
Applauding a fraction of her many and varied accomplishments begins with a brief history of a remarkable life. A native of Chicago, Alice Hayes received her B.S. in Biology from Mundelein College where she was Magna cum laude, among other honors. Alice then received her M.S. in Botany from the University of Illinois in Urbana where she was named a University Fellow in Botany, she proceeded to receive her Ph.D. at Northwestern University where she was named National Science Foundation Fellow.
Dr. Hayes spent 27 years at Loyola University of Chicago where she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean for the Natural Sciences, prior to then she was Chairperson of the Department of Natural Sciences. From 1960 to 1962, Dr. Hayes conducted mycology research for the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium.
Before becoming President at the University of San Diego, Alice Hayes served for six years as Executive Vice President and Provost and Professor of Biology at Saint Louis University.
Dr. Hayes is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Pulitzer Publishing Company, the Old Globe Theater, Independent Colleges of Southern California, the San Diego Historical Society, and Catholic Charities. She has been member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Space Biology Program and has served on Advisory Panels of the National Science Foundation. Obviously, Alice Hayes is a person committed to serving others in many ways.
Reaching out to others, Dr. Hayes has published numerous books and articles on the natural sciences and on Catholic higher education. As part of the People-to-People Citizen Ambassador Program, she participated in Botanical Delegations to South Africa, the People's Republic of China, and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Dr. Hayes has received awards for leadership and service from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Holocaust Memorial Foundation, among many. Women's International Center now adds its gratitude by presenting the 1997 Living Legacy Award to Alice Hayes as she continues to lead, serve and inspire us all.