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Hank, Brenda Hayes Pledge Unrestricted Gift to College

As a source of funding for the college, unrestricted giving provides the opportunity for the college to meet pressing needs as they arise. Acknowledging the need for such resources, Hank and Brenda Hayes of Plano, Tex., have pledged a major unrestricted gift to the College of Engineering, as well as smaller gifts to the College of Business and the Office of Research as their commitment to Campaign Auburn: The Next Generation.
"Over the next five years, this gift will allow us to fund priorities within the College," Dean William F. Walker said. "With the increased prospects of more decreases in state appropriations, gifts of the type pledged by Hank and Brenda Hayes give the college the ability to react to changing needs and priorities. We are greatly appreciative of their continued support of the College of Engineering."
"Obviously, engineering is my number one priority at Auburn. The training I received in the College of Engineering gave me the basic knowledge I needed to succeed in my career. However, engineering has significant relationships with business and research. Therefore, I have chosen to support all three areas at Auburn," Hayes added.
In 1965, Hayes received the bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn, and in 1967, his master's in the same curriculum. He began his career with Texas Instruments in 1967, and since then has consistently been promoted within the company. In 1991 he assumed the position of President of the Defense Systems & Electronics Group (DSEG). Under his leadership, DSEG won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992, the first time a defense-related company had won the award.
Hayes currently serves as executive vice president of Texas Instruments, with primary responsibilities for the company's software business and corporate venture projects. He also serves as chairman of the strategy leadership team for Texas Instruments, composed of TI senior officers, giving him corporate-wide authority over the company's strategic planning.
He currently serves on the Auburn University Research Council.

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