Fred Hays’ Top 40

Fred Hays has a lot of “top hits” after teaching 4 decades at the Bloch School

There are at least 40 things you should know about Fred H. Hays, Ph.D.
Just casually scanning his corner office at the historic Bloch School building, brimming with books and photographs, you can tell he is living a colorful life — especially when he says, “I’ve already packed and taken home a lot.”

The No. 1 Fred factoid: he taught at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management for 40 years and he will be missed as he starts his well-deserved retirement.
Here are 39 other tidbits that help tell a few chapters of his story.

2. His advice to anyone: Take risks. That’s the best way to reap rewards.

3. Best advice he was given: Do what you love. “If you don’t enjoy doing it, why do it? I promised my mom to never work a day in my life, and I’ve kept that promise.”

4. He served as the Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair in Financial Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2017, as well as the chair of the Department of Finance.

5. Prior to that, he was the Carl W. Allendoerfer Professor of Banking and Finance at UMKC from 1984 to 2011.

6. “You know how you can tell you’re old? You can remember not one but two 500-year floods” (about the Country Club Plaza floods in 1977 and 1993).

7. He has a background in banking. He worked after high school and during college at Citizens National Bank in Waco, Texas, learning the operations inside and out.

8. He grew up in Texas and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and finance from Baylor.

9. In 1970, he won the Pat M. Neff Outstanding Debater Award for being the top debater at Baylor.

10. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he taught for six years before coming to UMKC.

This article is an excerpt from the 2017 Bloch Magazine. To read the full article, click here.

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