|Title:||Champion Award Recipient|
John Hayden is a well-respected business leader and longtime friend of the University. He has been a dedicated leader of the Mount for over 20 years alongside his father, Joseph P. Hayden, Jr. Their partnership with the Mount began when family friend John Pont was hired as the first football coach in1989. Through the Hayden family’s support, the field by the tennis courts on campus was renovated to accommodate football practices, and other activities, and named in honor of John’s grandfather, J. Page Hayden. John shared his father’s passion for football and played for Coach Pont at Northwestern University. As a former player, John understood the importance of supporting student-athletes in all their endeavors in college. He served two terms as a member of the Mount’s Board of Trustees and leant his support in many ways. As president and CEO of the Midland Company, John supported many fundraising ventures such as the Building Excitement Campaign. Midland Plaza, a multipurpose venue at the Sports Complex, serves as a lasting testament of his commitment. A savvy business leader, John shared his wisdom and experiences with Mount students as a member of the Business Lecture Series panels. The series gave students the opportunity to discuss critical business issues with a number of leaders in the community. John and his wife, Carrie, served as co-chairs of two very successful Spring Jubilees, the annual scholarship benefit. As fundraisers and friend-raisers they invited family, friends and professional colleagues to learn more about the Mount and its students. Over the years, John has shared his time and talent with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout the tri-state such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, United Way and Miami University. He serves on the board of directors of E.W.Scripps, Ohio National Financial Services, Hauser Private Equity, and previously the Cincinnati USA Chamber Of Commerce, and CincyTech. His passion today is the pursuit of a National Cancer Institute designation for the Cincinnati Cancer Center. John and Carrie contributed to the Thrailkill Student Scholars Research Fund at the University, and are strongly committed to helping students who otherwise would not be able to attend the Mount to fulfill their dreams of a college education.