University of Colorado Colorado Springs hires first foodservice director

Mark Hayes, currently at the University of Wisconsin, was hired at UCCS to help the school operate its own foodservices for the first time ever.

Jan. 15—A 24-year veteran of the food service industry will be the first director of university-operated food services at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Mark Hayes, currently director of dining and summer conferences at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, was selected following a national search. His appointment was announced Jan. 13 by Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience to UCCS,” Szpyrka said. “He led the transition of a campus from vendor-operated to university-operated and is a leader in sustainability and local food movements. I look forward to his arrival and encourage the campus community to both welcome him and embrace his ideas.”