A Saint Leo University employee at Fort Lee’s Army Education Center recently earned the William E. Kennedy Award.

William “Bud” Hayes, who is director of St. Leo at Fort Lee and Fort Eustis, was nominated for the award by the Fort Lee Education Center.

The award, given by the Council of College and Military Educators, recognizes an individual who best exemplifies dedication and leadership in the delivery of quality programs to military installations. It was presented at the CCME annual conference held last month in San Francisco.

Barbara Threatt, education services specialist at Fort Lee, said Hayes was more than deserving of the award.

“Mr. Hayes has consistently assisted the education directors in achieving their goals and shown a distinct ability to work with Soldiers and help them stay on track with their educational goals as well,” she said.

Hayes began his career at Saint Leo University as an adjunct instructor in 1991 and later was appointed director of the Fort Lee center. In 2006, the Fort Eustis and Fort Lee centers were merged, giving Hayes operational control at both locations. Hayes said the staff at both centers was instrumental in his success.

“This award really isn’t about me,” he said. “It’s about the team effort put forth by the staff at Fort Eustis and Fort Lee centers.”

The Council of College and Military Educators was founded in 1972 to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to all branches of the armed services.

Membership is made up of military and civilian educators and post-secondary education institutions. Hayes said recognition from such an organization is special.

“Receiving an award from this group is a tremendous honor,” said. “When I began my educational journey, little did I know that some 35 years later I would end up accepting an award for being an advocate and champion of education for my fellow service members.”