Alumni Volunteer Award
Members of Drew’s Class of 1960 know George Hayward as their long-time Class Agent, who always writes a special personal note to his class each year. What many don’t know is that George has been an active volunteer wherever he has lived.
George came to Drew from Morris Plains, New Jersey, just down the road. Drew’s baseball coaches impressed him by inviting him to work out with the Drew team—he enrolled, and played baseball, basketball and soccer for the Rangers. Sports continued to lure him; he tried out with the (then) Milwaukee Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball teams after graduation and later coached basketball at Johns Hopkins University. He was inducted into Drew’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. Academically, George gravitated to the sciences, majored in botany, was elected to Sigma Xi and earned his master’s degree in life sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
George found his true career in university administration and fundraising. He joined the admissions office at Bard College in 1962, becoming director three years later; by 1967 he was at Johns Hopkins, first as director of admissions and then as associate director of development. In 1974 he became vice president for development, public relations and alumni affairs at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland; in 1983, he went on to direct annual support at the University of Houston for the system’s 13 schools. Four years later he became a senior campaign director with J. Donovan Associates in Salem, Massachusetts, working in hospital fundraising and public relations. In 1997 he moved to Emory and Henry College as director of development and foundation and corporate relations. He has received numerous citations for achievement in educational development.
Wherever he has lived, George has been active in his community. In Chestertown, Maryland, he was vestryman in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, served on the Zoning Appeals Board, was a director of the Chester River Yacht and Country Club and was active in Kent County charities. He received the Mayor’s Service Citation in Chestertown, where he also received the Kent County Commissioners’ Service Citation. He was a county caucus delegate in Harris County, Texas, and served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Virginia.
And, of course, George has been active at Drew, notably as a faithful Class Agent for the Annual Fund and the primary contact for the Class of 1960 Internship. The fund, created in 2010, will support academic internships in all the college’s academic divisions in rotation. He is a member of the New Founders Society.
Today, George lives in Abingdon, Virginia, near the Tennessee border. In retirement, he enjoys helping friends and neighbors with various projects, and playing golf. He keeps in touch with family members in New Hampshire and New Jersey.