Eugene (Gene) A. Hayes III is chief development officer of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow by raising funds to support Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit pediatric healthcare system.
Hayes joined Children's in 1989, serving as president of the Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center Foundation. He became president of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation after Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center merged with Egleston Children's Hospital to form Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in 1998. He served as president of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation from 1998 to May 2015.
A native Georgian, Hayes believes strongly in giving back to the community that gives so much to Children's. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and active at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, currently serving as Chairman of the Church Council and as a teacher in the Young Adult department. He has also served as a Deacon, on the Church Foundation and numerous committees. Hayes also serves as Past Chair of the Board of the Woodmark Group, a national association of 26 children's hospital foundations. He also is a Board Member on the Lenbrook Foundation.
Hayes earned his bachelor's degree with honors from Furman University in 1971. He received his master's degree in management from Georgia State University in 1973 and graduated from the National Graduate Trust School with honors in 1981.
Hayes and his wife, Pamela, reside in Atlanta. They have one daughter, Jessica.