Clarksburg Native and Former Marshall University President Dr. Robert B. Hayes Dies at 92

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | May 12, 2018

The president at Marshall University that led what’s called the “Decade of Progress” died Friday. Dr. Robert B. Hayes was 92.

Dr. Hayes was born and raised in the Clarksburg community of Summit Park.


Former Marshall President Robert Hayes

Hayes, a Clarksburg native, became Marshall’s president in 1974. He served as interim president earlier that year following the resignation of John Barker. Hayes served until his resignation in 1983.

Hayes’ tenure included the creation of the Marshall Community College for non-traditional students, the establishment of the Marshall Medical School and the construction of the Cam Henderson Center.

Hayes’ impact at Marshall was recognized in several statements released by the university Friday.

Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, President, Marshall University:

“Bob Hayes was one of our institution’s truly great presidents in the modern era. During his tenure, he transformed Marshall University by securing support to start the school of medicine. I had the good fortune of being able to meet with President Hayes on a number of occasions since I became president and I always went away with a better understanding of Marshall’s history and his legacy. He was a great leader, a fine gentleman and a true Son of Marshall.”


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