DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > DePaul creates William E. Hay Center for Leadership Development
By Kristin Claes Mathews /
March 11, 2020 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
The William E. Hay Center for Leadership Development at the Driehaus College of Business will serve as a resource for all students and faculty at DePaul as well as the Chicago business community, offering leadership education, training and research. The Hay Endowed Scholarship Challenge will generate as many as 100 new endowed scholarships for DePaul students by encouraging donors to match Hay scholarship dollars.
“This generous gift from the late Bill Hay, an alumnus and longtime DePaul benefactor, will allow DePaul to expand access to education and enhance leadership development for our students for many years to come,” says A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., president of DePaul. “It is a fitting legacy for Bill, who so strongly believed in DePaul’s mission and preparing the next generation of servant leaders.”
Hay earned his MBA from DePaul in 1966 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2006. He founded William E. Hay & Co., a Chicago-based consulting and executive search firm and served as a DePaul trustee and instructor. Hay previously funded the Vincent on Leadership: Hay Project at DePaul, which since 2002 has been advancing the leadership values of St. Vincent de Paul.
A vision to empower DePaul’s student leaders
“It was Bill Hay’s inspiring vision to create an innovative center to develop student leaders at DePaul, housed in the Department of Management, where he previously taught as an instructor,” says Misty Johanson, dean of the Driehaus College of Business. “I am incredibly humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to work with him on making his dream a reality through the center that will now proudly carry his name,” Johanson says.
The center will be housed in a newly designed space with state-of-the-art training classrooms on the seventh floor of the DePaul Center on DePaul’s Loop Campus. Scheduled to open in fall 2021, the center will offer programming that includes: