Elizabeth Hayden’76 is currently researching in the area of family health and well-being. Her emphasis is finding the best practices for raising healthy children and appropriate delivery systems for that knowledge.
Most recently she has worked as the Curriculum Coordinator at Nativity Prep in Jamaica Plain, Mass. She formerly was a fifth-grade mathematics teacher at Harvard Elementary School in Harvard, Mass. Born and raised in Chelmsford, Mass., she received her B.A. degree in Child Development from Stonehill in 1976 and was awarded her M.Ed. degree from Lesley University in 1997.
She married her Stonehill classmate, James E. Hayden’76, at the Holy Cross Center Chapel at Stonehill in 1976. Vice president and chief financial officer of Netegrity, Inc. in Waltham, Mass., he was killed on September 11, 2001 in the crash of the second hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 175, that struck the World Trade Center in New York City.
In a Month’s Mind Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel on October 10, 2001, Liz Hayden in her eulogy entitled The Making of a Persontraced the couple’s involvement with the College over the years and paid tribute to her late husband and the lasting influence of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and Stonehill.
She was a featured speaker to over 125 Stonehill student leaders in August 2004 at The James Hayden Leadership Seminar, a two-day event devoted to cultivating leadership, team building, and interpersonal skills. She spoke to the student leaders about the importance of Christian leadership in her family.
Her op-ed article entitled Transcending The Evil That Men Do appeared in the March 31, 2006 edition of The Boston Globe and opposed the call for the death penalty for any terrorists who plotted the 9/11 attacks against the United States.
A Century Club member for many years and a President’s Council’s member since 2002, she was elected to a three-year term on the Alumni Council in 2004. In 2006, she was appointed Alumni Council Treasurer. She is also a member of the Alumni Council Academic Committee.
She is the mother of two children. Her daughter, Elizabeth K. Hayden, is a 2004 Stonehill alumna. Her son, John is a student at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.