David Hay Alumni Pride 

David Hay ('04) wants to change the world, one day, one hour, and one student at a time. As principal of two high schools, he's had the power to change hundreds of students' worlds.


In the coming years he'll have even greater impact. Recognizing his innovative leadership, Harvard University recruited and accepted him as one of only 25 candidates (chosen from 700) to enter the university's new Doctor of Education Leadership program at its Graduate School of Education. The program's goal is to transform American K-12 education.


While David was principal of Wisconsin's Tomah High School, the number of advanced placement courses doubled; science,technology, engineering and math curriculum was enhanced; individualized math was launched for freshman; and a major national grant was earned to teach more foreign languages. The school became one of the first in Wisconsin to offer a Global Education Achievement Certificate and was named a School of Distinction for positive behavior intervention and support.


During his previous tenure at Kettle Moraine High School, Wisconsin, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school in the nation's top 6 percent for building advanced placement programs. David also led development of two innovative charter high schools.


"My experience at UW-Stout was essential to my career success. While involved in the University Student Senate, I had the opportunity to serve on the Chancellor's Advisory Council and was part of the Malcom Baldrige application process and subsequently joined Chancellor Sorensen in accepting the award in Washington, D.C. This experience was incredibly valuable. I learned directly from the chancellor how to lead an academic institution in continuous improvement. As he retires, I am indebted and grateful for his leadership, mentoring and friendship."


David has given back to his campus by mentoring current students and leading a campaign to fund the Sam Wood Scholarship, which helps Student Senate participants pay for their education.