20 Questions: A sketch of Centre vice president and dean of student life Randy Hays

RELEASED: June 22, 2006

   Randy Hays: with Nancy Lackey (left) and in a holiday spirit (center). On the right is Brody.

1. Position/title:Vice President and Dean of Student Life.

2. Hometown: Norfolk, VA; Glasgow, KY; or Danville (where I was born, where my parents now live, or where I've lived the longest).

3. Career highlight: Winning the "Rookie of the Year" award after my first year at Centre (93-94).

4. What brought you to Centre? To work in residence life & counseling—my first role here—after meeting Nancy Lackey, former vice president and dean of student life, in Kansas City.

5. Favorite/amusing/profound student anecdote? Where to begin... should I name names... share photos? I'm lucky enough to get to work with Centre's best and brightest—and every once in a while, even they do something funny. But, I'm sworn to secrecy...

6. Family details: Eli, my black cat, and Brody, my two-year old pound-puppy.

7. Hobbies: Movies, music, and cooking.

8. Pets: While I think of them as children, again—Brody and Eli.

9. Prized possession: Old family photo albums, and an old copy (bought in Scotland) of The Lord of the Rings.

10. Last book read:Marley and Me, by John Grogan.

11. Memorable trip/vacation: Snorkeling in Belize, New Orleans pre-Katrina, and Cape Cod.

12. Favorite movie:The Lord of the Rings.

13. Favorite album:Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris, Song of Joy by Captain and Tennille, and Rumors by Fleetwood Mac.

14. Favorite food: Broadly, Italian and Mexican; specifically, fried green tomatoes.

15. Favorite smell: Magnolia.

16. Person you most admire: My parents.

17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Bill Clinton.

18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: JRR Tolkien.

19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre: Running a quaint B&B somewhere near an ocean.

20. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, sarcastic, loyal.


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