The public, distance-learning university has established an Ombuds Office to serve nearly 100,000 staff, students, and faculty. Blair H. Hayes was appointed in June 2013 and a website for the new office debuted last week. According to a charter for the office, Hayes will practice to IOA Standards.
Hayes joined UMUC in 2004 as the Director of Diversity after working as a consultant in the fields of diversity and equal employment opportunity practices. He graduated from Morehouse College and earned an MA and
PhD in social/organizational psychology from Temple University. His
research focused on gender and racial dynamics in the workplace. (UMUC Ombuds, Bio; LinkedIn.)
A job posting in October 2012 indicated that UMUC was hiring a "Resolution Services Manager" with duties almost identical to those of an Organizational Ombuds.
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