Director of Special Programs in LMU Extension, Ben Hayes, retired this past month after 22 years with Loyola Marymount University.
After several years in business management in Los Angeles, Ben came to LMU in 1994 as coordinator of Special Programs in the Division of Continuing Education (now LMU Extension). During this tenure, Ben started and expanded LMU’s partnerships with education companies, principally those that provide professional development for educators and for job seekers (most notably, Advancement Courses).
Education was also a vital interest for Ben outside of LMU. He served as a board member and chair of St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, a women’s high school sponsored by Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. He also served as board chair of the St. Vincent de Paul Men’s Center in downtown Los Angeles, and as a member of Post 43 of the American Legion, supported state and local government programs for junior and senior high school students.
Ben was an ardent supporter of the Jesuit mission of adult education, regularly participating in the national work of the AJCU Deans of Adult and Continuing Education conference. His years as an administrator, educator, and mentor were truly a gift to the whole University community. We congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement, and wish him and his family well on their next adventure.