A Newspaper Man Plans Ahead

Tim Hays showed his passion for supporting opportunities for UCR students when he set up a charitable trust

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — Howard H “Tim” Hays, former owner and publisher of The Press-Enterprise newspaper, set up a charitable trust more than 20 years ago that will now benefit the University Honors program.

This nationally-respected journalist spent 51 years at the family-owned business, leading the paper to a Pulitzer prize and two important Supreme Court victories. So he knew something about planning ahead, and building on quality.

He died last October, at the age of 94. And as he requested, his trust delivered a $700,000 gift to the UCR Foundation that is enough to support an endowed professorship, called the Howard H Hays, Jr. Endowed Chair.

Hays and his father, Howard H Hays, Sr., were two of the community leaders responsible for urging that Riverside land a campus of the University of California. The first classes were held in February, 1954.

Tim Hays served as a founding member of the UCR Board of Trustees; he supported the creation and collections of the UCR/California Museum of Photography; he established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of his father; and now has delivered on the endowed fund to support the UCR Honors program.

Founded in 1990, UCR’s University Honors program encourages well -prepared students to excel in a challenging academic environment.  The Honors curriculum provides students special seminars, projects, and classes designed with fewer students than most introductory classes.

“University Honors has undergone a transformation in the last 12 months, and now consists of a four-year curriculum during which students participate in classes and co-curricular activities that prepare them for individual creative activity and research,” said Thomas Perring, professor of Entomology who serves as the Faculty Director of Honors.

“Honors students take courses and have contact with the most enthusiastic and innovative faculty members at UCR,” said Perring. “Our goal is to create opportunities for students to be creative thinkers, achieve high levels of scholarship, develop leadership skills, and participate in applying their knowledge to solve world problems.”

“Thanks to the leadership of Tom Perring and the honors faculty and staff, the program is on a strong upward trajectory,” said Steve Brint, Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education. “This gift will help us to sustain the momentum.”

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