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We are pleased to announce that Dr. B. Grant Hayes will serve as dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education at UCF beginning August 1.

Grant Hayes joins UCF from East Carolina University (ECU) in North Carolina. He has served as ECU’s interim provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs since 2019 and spent four years as dean of the school’s College of Education. Hayes is also familiar with UCF, where his leadership roles over 17 years included interim dean, executive associate dean, assistant dean, department chair, and professor in the former College of Education and Human Performance.

Hayes’ appointment by Michael D. Johnson, UCF’s provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs, follows a national search. Hayes will oversee CCIE’s efforts to advance academic excellence, research and the success of students from all academic backgrounds while bolstering community partnerships.

As ECU’s second-ranking leader, Hayes has overseen academic quality, operations and administrative policies for a public university with 28,000 students, 12 colleges and 2,000 full- and part-time faculty. During his tenure as dean and distinguished professor of ECU’s College of Education, the college increased philanthropic support and research funding while significantly growing its underrepresented faculty in tenure and tenure-track positions.

A professor in counselor education, Hayes has published and researched extensively on areas that include counseling children and adolescents, technological applications in counselor education, and character education and moral development in schools and youth settings. He previously taught at James Madison University and the University of South Carolina.

His professional honors include being a fellow of the American Counseling Association and a past board member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. He is a past president of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development and recipient of the association’s Humanistic Processes Award.

Hayes holds doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Limestone College in South Carolina. Hayes says he is eager to engage with CCIE’s students, faculty and staff along with other campus leaders and community stakeholders to benefit UCF and its goals.

Sean Farrell led this search with Robin Dougherty.


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