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Robin Hayes, chairman, North Carolina Republican Party, to deliver keynote address at Pfeiffer University for Fall Convocation

robin hayesRobin Hayes, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and former Congressman from the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's District 8 (1999-2009), is the keynote speaker for Pfeiffer University's 2012 Fall Convocation, Fri., Sept. 7, 10 a.m., a ceremony that takes place in Merner Gymnasium to officially open the 2012-13 academic year.

Mr. Hayes, a Concord native, was first elected to public office in 1978 to the Concord Board of Aldermen, then elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1992. While a member of Congress, Mr. Hayes was on the Armed Services, Transportation and Agriculture committees and chairman of the Livestock subcommittee and co-chairman for the Special Forces and Philanthropy caucuses.

“Robin Hayes's record of public service and professional accomplishment will no doubt inspire the entire Pfeiffer community as we tap a promising academic year,” said Michael C. Miller, president. “As new and returning students continue their development as exemplary servant leaders, they can look to Mr. Hayes's leadership by example as a model for their own lives.”

Mr. Hayes is president of the Cannon Charitable Trust and director of the Cannon Foundation, organizations that reflect the grantmaking interests of the Cannon Mills Company, for which his grandfather, Charles Albert Cannon, was president from the 1920s to 1960s. Mr. Hayes is also the past owner and operator of Mt. Pleasant Hosiery Mill in Mt. Pleasant, N.C.

A licensed highway contractor and commercial pilot, he serves on the board of directors of the USO of North Carolina, U.S. Air Force Academy, Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and J. Dennis Hastert Center at Wheaton College. In addition to graduating in 1963 from Concord High School, Mr. Hayes is a graduate of Duke University and a former teaching fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Bob and Winslow, and six grandchildren.

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