NYU Steinhardt Remembers Charles B. Hayes, Professor Who Studied Equity in Schooling

Charles B. Hayes, Steinhardt professor emeritus and former professor of educational administration, died on January 10, 2011. He was 87 years old.

During a 25-year career at NYU, Hayes chaired more than 100 doctoral dissertations, distinguishing himself as a devoted teacher and mentor. He also played a critical role in developing Steinhardt’s program in educational leadership, which prepares students for positions in education and policy at the community, school, state, and national levels.

Hayes, who served in the U.S. Army during WWII, was educated in the Marianna Islands at a school set up for military personnel. He earned an AB from Fisk University in 1949. He began his teaching career at a time when African American children in the south were denied access to a comprehensive educational program and his first-hand exposure to racial inequity influenced his doctoral studies at Teachers College, as well as his research agenda at NYU. Working with the Metropolitan Study Council in the 1960s, Hayes collected data for research projects that sought to identify indicators of school quality. At NYU, Hayes studied high school dropouts, paying special attention to their socio-economic level, race, and individual sense of locus of control.

In 1964, Hayes was appointed principal of Hempstead Public Schools, earning the distinction of being Long Island’s first black principal. He left his position in 1968 to join the faculty at NYU’s School of Education, where he retired as professor emeritus in 1993.

Photo: Charles Hayes’ yearbook photo from The Violet, NYU Steinhardt, 1992.