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G. Sutherland Hayden
Regent's Proceedings 994

G. Sutherland Hayden, Associate Professor of Education and Assistant Director of the Bureau of Accreditation and School Improvement Studies, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1986, following a 27-year career at The University of Michigan.

A Michigan native, Professor Hayden received his A.B. degree in 1943 and his M.A. degree in 1947, both from Alma College. From 1944-1958 he served first as a social studies teacher and then as principal at Oscoda High School in Oscoda, Michigan. He began his career at The University of Michigan in 1959 as a consultant in the Bureau of School Services and as assistant state director of the Michigan North Central Association Committee (NCA). In 1961 he became assistant director of the Bureau of School Services and State Director of NCA, positions he retained for 24 years. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1964 from The University of Michigan, and was made associate professor of education in 1970.

Professor Hayden taught classes in secondary school administration, was an advisor to many graduate students, and served on numerous doctoral committees. He was also active in numerous statewide and national committees, served as an overseas evaluator of the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools, and received special honors for his long service to the North Central Association. But he was best known for his quarter century of service to both the school accreditation program of The University of Michigan and the North Central Association accreditation program of the State of Michigan. In his role as the major contact between high school principals and the School of Education, he greatly enhanced the image of the university. Long before it became fashionable, Professor Hayden was committed to excellence in education through accreditation and maintenance of high school educational standards.

Perhaps the most fitting tribute to Professor Hayden is the statement made in 1985 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Phillip E. Runkel: "Your years of service in the interest of Michigan education speak highly of your personal dedication and commitment to quality programs for our children and youth. I know that public education in Michigan has benefited greatly from your work and efforts."

The Regents now salute G. Sutherland Hayden by naming him Associate Professor Emeritus of Education.