About the Dean
Tracey Joel Hunter Hayes is the Interim Dean of
Library Services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Frederick
He is a career librarian with experience in public,
special and academic libraries spanning 25 years (since 1989). Hunter Hayes, or “HH” as he prefers to be
called, describes his library philosophy in one word, “Welcome”, which in library-speak
translates to access and accommodation.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Lincoln
University (PA), the first historically African American accredited institution
of higher education in the United States. He earned his terminal degree in
Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, under the advisement of Dr.
E.J. Josey, who mentored him for two decades as he often accompanied him to American
Library Association (ALA) and International Federation of Library Associations
(IFLA) Conferences. He also earned a seminary degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor
School of Theology at Virginia Union University and is an ordained American
Baptist minister and consecrated bishop.
Since arriving at UMES, he has collaborated with
faculty, students and administrators launching “Hawk Hero”, a library lecture
series curated by Tameca Beckett an ALA 2014 Emerging Leader.
Hunter Hayes launched his academic library career
and assessment experience by serving as an American Library Association fellow
He speaks and reads Russian and has a passion for libraries.
He was appointed to his first directorship in 1999 at a military library, and served
in library leadership positions at several HBCU’s, Southern Illinois University
and Temple University in Philadelphia. He is an advocate for
libraries and has facilitated multimillion dollars renovation at many
At his undergraduate alma mater he has held three positions;
first, as a Special Collections Librarian, then as the Director of Alumni
Relations, raising more than $12 million, and as the Library Director/Associate
Professor earning tenure in 2009. In this capacity he directed Lincoln
University into earning a Middle States Commendation and facilitated a $17
million renovation project of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library.
He has served on the Board of Trustees at Lincoln
University and held fiduciary responsibilities during the construction of
several multimillion dollar projects on the campus.
Mr. Hunter Hayes comes to the University of Maryland
Eastern Shore as a progressive change agent who believes that creating access
opportunities for patrons is the cornerstone of library services.