- Associated Press - Friday, May 11, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former Marshall University President Robert B. Hayes has died in West Virginia. He was 92.

Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary confirmed that Hayes died Friday in Huntington.

Hayes was Marshall’s 11th president, serving from 1974 to 1983. The university said his time as president has been called the “Decade of Progress” for the academic achievements and facility improvements that took place then.

Marshall President Jerome A. Gilbert said Hayes garnered support to start the medical school and was one of the university’s “truly great presidents in the modern era.”

Hayes became dean of Marshall’s Teachers College in 1954, and in 1970, he was asked to be liaison between the university and families of victims of the Marshall plane crash tragedy. After retiring, he returned in several roles with Marshall.

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