Coe College has appointed a business and economics professor – who also serves as legal adviser to the Coe president – as vice president for advancement.
In his new role, David Hayes will oversee development efforts and alumni relations for the Cedar Rapids-based college. Hayes is replacing Dick Meisterling, who is retiring in June after 18 years with Coe.
Hayes started his tenure at Coe as director of gift planning from 2001 to 2003 – also serving as an adjunct professor. He joined the faculty full time in 2003, and he’s currently the Louie J. & Ella Pochobradsky associate professor of business administration and economics.
Hayes since 2003 also has served as legal adviser to Coe President David McInally, who said Hayes is a good fit for the vice presidency for his “unwavering passion for Coe and strong connections with generations of Coe alumni.”
“His knowledge of Coe's academic mission and culture, strong communication skills, experience with gift planning, and legal training have prepared him well to serve the college in the vice president for advancement role,” McInally said in a news release.
Hayes graduated magna cum laude from Coe in 1993, earning a degree in business administration and economics with a minor in history. Prior to attending Coe, he earned a Juris Doctor with high distinction and a master’s degree in international and comparative law from the University of Iowa College of Law.
He worked as an associate attorney for Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., in Cedar Rapids before joining Coe. He also has served as a board member and chair of the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation, board member and chair of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program and board member of the Anna Purna Ghosh Foundation.
In a statement, Hayes said he’s ready to step into the new role, which officially will happen June 1.“Although it was difficult to give up the classroom, I am excited about the possibilities this opportunity provides to assist President McInally and his effort to build upon and advance this legacy for future Kohawks," Hayes said.