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Hayes to Speak at Penn State DuBois Commencement

Commencement Speaker Samuel Hayes, Jr.
Commencement Speaker Samuel Hayes, Jr.
5/3/2011 —

DuBois – Samuel Hayes, Jr. will provide the commencement address at the Penn State DuBois Spring Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. 

Hayes is a member of the Penn State University Board of Trustees, the corporate body of Penn State, which has complete responsibility for the government and welfare of the university and all of its interests, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Hayes was appointed to the Board of Trustees as a representative of the Agricultural Societies in March 2003. He previously served on the Board of Trustees from June 1997 to January 2003 as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture.  

A former legislative leader, Hayes served in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1970 until 1992, representing the 81st District, including Huntingdon, Centre and Blair Counties.  He rose to the positions of Majority and Minority Whip, as well as Majority Leader.

Hayes is actively involved in his community, serving as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Board, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission, the Pennsylvania Animal Health Commission, the Hardwoods Development Council, the Agriculture Law Center Board, and the Pennsylvania Fair Advisory Board.  He is also a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Warriors Mark Grange, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Hayes has received many awards and honors, including Penn State Alumni awards, the Man of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Cooperatives, and the Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He served five years on active duty with the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star.

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