Ben Hayes, director of Special Programs, brings a long history of education and business to his position overseeing professional development programs for educators through LMU Extension at Loyola Marymount University.
The professional development courses are designed to give teachers knowledge that can be immediately disseminated to students in the classroom. Course material covers math, the arts, early literacy, sciences, sociology, psychology and other fields related to their teaching.
"This has definite rewards for me because it gives K-12 educators the opportunity for salary advancement and, in certain instances, recertification," Hayes said. "It's rewarding to oversee programs that enable teachers to advance in their career."
Education is also a vital interest for Hayes when he's not at work, and where he focuses his volunteer time. He chairs the Board of Directors of St. Mary's Academy in Inglewood, an all-girls high school that is a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. Prior to his election as chair, Hayes served on the Board as chair of the Facilities and Finance Committee.
Saint Mary’s Academy started as a small parish school nearly 120 years ago. The high school moved to the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw in 1911, and remained at that location until moving to its current location on Grace Avenue in Inglewood in 1966. During Hayes' stint on the board, the physical plant and grounds have undergone major renovation. There are three new science labs, a new computer lab adjacent to the library, a total remodel of the chapel, and currently, renovation is turning the east parking lot into a mini-athletic field to serve the school's world-class track team. In addition, there is a silent study room being added to the library that will be available for use when the fall semester begins. Hayes added; “It is very special to be part of an institution that sends 100% of its students on to higher education.”
Hayes is also past board chair for the St. Vincent de Paul Men's Center located on Winston Street in downtown L.A., and is a member of Post 43 of the American Legion that supports baseball programs for youngsters and state and local government programs for junior and senior high school students.
Hayes' wife of 39 years, Terry, is an alum of St. Mary's Academy and Loyola Marymount University. The couple have three children and three grandchildren.