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 School of Government stalwart Hayman passes away 

Dr. Donald Bales Hayman, who worked at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government for almost 40 years, passed away after a brief illness at the MICU Unit of N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. He was 91.

A native of Kansas, Hayman received his B.A. degree in political science from the University of Kansas in 1940. Subsequently, he worked for several years with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., according to his obituary. Read the full obituary here.)  As a conscientious objector during World War II, Hayman performed alternative service in the Civilian Public Service (CPS) Program and worked at Duke Hospital. Upon leaving the CPS program, he did graduate work and received his Ph.D. in political science at UNC-CH.

Hayman joined the staff of the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1948. He served as Assistant Director of the Institute of Government and Professor of Political Science at UNC-CH. As staff to a legislative committee, he drafted the original N.C. State Personnel Act enacted in 1965 to establish a statewide system of personnel administration for state employees. Hayman worked with many cities, towns and counties across North Carolina over the years, assisting them in establishing a council-manager form of government and formulating sound personnel policies and practices. He was instrumental in starting the UNC-Chapel Hill Master of Public Administration program, in which he taught many courses. He is considered to be the “father of sound public administration” in North Carolina. Coaching generations of MPA students on the skills required for effective public service, Dr. Hayman exhorted them to write reports that were “clear, concise, and free of ambiguity.”

For over 20 years, he led the Institute’s State Government Summer Internship Program, which placed college students motivated to learn more about public service in positions throughout state government. He stayed in touch with countless students and alumni throughout his life, mentoring them and helping them with employment placement. He was justifiably proud of their tremendous contributions to the civic life of North Carolina. Dedicated to serving his adopted state, Hayman considered himself fortunate to have a position in which he could make a difference by serving others.

In 1981, Hayman received the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, which annually honors one person who has made outstanding contributions toward the improvement of public personnel management. The N.C. League of Municipalities honored Hayman in 1985 by bestowing on him its Distinguished Service Award. In November, 2008, he received the UNC-CH MPA Alumni distinguished Public Service Award.

Serving on a number of community boards over the years, Hayman was appointed to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board in 1956 and served for four years. He supported its decision to become one of the first school systems in North Carolina to desegregate. He was also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Wesley Foundation at UNC-CH and was involved in planning and building the Wesley Foundation’s present building on Pittsboro Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hayman-Howard-Wright MPA Scholarship Endowment, School of Government, Campus Box 3330, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330, or to the Donald B. Hayman Memorial Fund at University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.