Posted: June 17, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has named Charles D. Hays president of Century College in White Bear Lake. Hays, 58, will replace interim president Gary Langer, who has served since Nov. 17, 1997.

Hays is the former president of New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico, where he served from 1988 to 1997. He also has been president of Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, and Panola Junior College in Carthage, Texas. His presidential experience spans 23 years.

Dr. Hays is known for his strong communication skills," said Michael Vekich, Chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. "He uses a participatory leadership style that will ensure the involvment of faculty, staff and students.

Hays has owned and operated two businesses over the past 30 years. He currently owns a dry cleaning shop in Levelland, Texas.

My experiences in the business world and community organizations give me an area of expertise uncommon to many college administrators," said Hays. "Further, I have been an active citizen in the communities where I have resided. I am looking forward to coming to Minnesota because I have been a long-time admirer of the Minnesota higher education community. You have been leaders in the field and I am looking forward to being a part of the movement.

Hays received his doctorate in education from Texas A&M University in 1971. He received his master's degree in education and English at Texas Technological University, where he earned his undergraduate degree as well. He began his undergraduate training at South Plains Junior College, where he received an associate of arts degree in 1962.

Hays has taught English at three different colleges. While president of New Mexico Junior College, he also taught English part-time from 1988 to 1997. His longest stint as a college president was from 1974 to 1984 when he was president of Howard College.

Hays was selected by Chancellor Morris Anderson and recommended to the Board of Trustees from a list of four finalists. The finalists were chosen by a national screening committee composed of college and community representatives. The committee was chaired by Ralph Knapp, president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College.

Century College serves approximately 11,264 students annually with a full-time enrollment of 4,287. Located on Century Avenue in White Bear Lake, Century College unites the former Lakewood Community and Northeast Metro Technical Colleges.