Holy Cross Names Heather Hayes Vice President and Chief of Staff

Heather Hayes, vice president and chief of staff. Photo by Avanell Chang

College of the Holy Cross President Vincent D. Rougeau has named Heather Hayes as vice president and chief of staff.

In this role, Hayes will serve as a key partner in the president's executive leadership team and will help develop and implement the strategic goals of the College. She will also serve as secretary to the Board of Trustees.

"I could not be more delighted to announce Heather Hayes as my new chief of staff, as she was crucial in helping realize my vision of a holistic approach to student facing offices at BC Law," said President Rougeau. "Heather is a talented strategic thinker who never takes her eye off our long-term goals and brings an impressive depth of administrative management know-how to the role of chief of staff."

Prior to joining Holy Cross, Hayes was Associate Dean of Strategic & Student Affairs at Boston College Law School, where she had a lead role in creating a culture of data-driven decision making and collaboration across the administrative teams, and transparent communication between the administration, faculty, students and the greater community, while also being a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. She began her work at BC Law as the Assistant Dean for Career Services.

Hayes' background includes work in large law firms, both as a lawyer and in lawyer recruitment and professional development. She was a litigation associate with the law firm of Cooley Manion Jones, led lateral recruiting efforts for Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and served as firm-wide Director of Legal Recruitment for WilmerHale.

Hayes holds a B.A. magna cum laude in government from Clark University and a J.D. from Boston College. When not on campus, she resides in the Berkshires with her husband Nate and daughter Abby Nickerson.

"I am truly excited to join President Rougeau's team and start collaborating with students, faculty, staff and the community to advance Holy Cross' mission," said Hayes. "It's an honor to serve in a position that allows for the opportunity to help shape the future of the College."