Eugene (Gene) A. Hayes III is president of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to bringing health, hope and happiness to children by raising funds to support Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a nonprofit pediatric healthcare system that has been ranked among the top three pediatric hospitals in the nation by Child magazine.
As president of the Children's Foundation, Hayes leads all fundraising efforts in support of Children's, including annual gifts, major and planned gifts, corporate partnerships, grant development, endowment enhancement and special events.
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.
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, serving on the Board of Deacons and many other committees. Hayes also serves on the Board of the Woodmark Group, a national association of 22 children's hospital foundations and the Executive Committee of the Wake Forest University Parents Council.
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, Pam, reside in Atlanta. They have one daughter, Jessica.