Alumni Board Member Vince Hayes Answers Questions About Pacific University

Alumni Board Member Vince Hayes Answers Questions About Pacific University. Get to more about your board members!

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
My favorite thing about Pacific University was the fact that the faculty recognized me as a person with a brain and they opened my mind to a world of knowledge.  The professors challenged and motivated me to learn.  The faculty, administrators and staff were all beneficial to my academic growth.  I fell in love with Forest Grove.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
I often sit back and look at my diploma on the wall, the one from Pacific University.  I think and feel extremely proud to be among the graduates of our fine school.  There is a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of good friendship with my fellow students.

Why do you think Pacific is a high-quality place for students to attend? What do you think sets Pacific apart from other Universities?
The professors that I had were visionaries in education.  Their teaching had a profound effect on my learning.  I had been to other colleges before I came to Pacific, therefore I felt I knew what other professors are like.   I felt the faculty was interested in my academic growth.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
I would increase the endowment money to support the activities of the university.

What do you admire most about the University?
I admire the high quality of education.  The professors challenged me to think.  Mr. Rief, my philosophy professor, made me think about what is predetermination and where did I find out about predetermination.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
The fondest memory has to be the day I graduated. It was a sunny day and my mother and father were there.  It was their first time on campus and the first time they had seen where I had been living for the past 3 years.  My mother and father were smiling and it made me feel good.  Her oldest son was graduating from college.

Why did you decide to take a position on the board?
It was an honor to be asked if I would consider being on the Alumni Board.  Pacific University provided an opportunity for me when I desperately needed some direction.  The faculty, staff and coaches made my wife and I feel so at home during my years in Forest Grove.  This is just a great honor to be on the Board.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
My wife and I love to travel to Mexico, Hawaii, Aruba, Jamaica, etc.

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?
Most people might say honesty is the most important quality in a person; however, I believe the most important quality in a person is the love and concern that we have for one another.

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
My mother would say “Wonders Never Cease.”

What is something you have always wanted to do?
I haven’t taken a cruise yet.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Too many dumb things to go back and think about.

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
My mother and father are both deceased.  I would love to have dinner with them and my grandmother.

If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
I am glad I was born when I was born.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
To be a skilled jazz musician


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