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About the Dean


Tracey Joel Hunter Hayes is the Interim Dean of Library Services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Frederick Douglass Library.


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 in 1992.   

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 libraries.

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.





Click Here to read About the Dean.

 Click Here to read Douglass Notes, Volume 6, no. 4 

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