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Thomas Hayden

Thomas H. Hayden

Lecturer and Program Director for IMC Certificate Program

Tom Hayden joined the full-time IMC faculty in 2006, following a 30-year career in marketing and advertising, and eight years as an adjunct.

Currently Hayden teaches Law, Policy and Ethics and Data Privacy and Security in the graduate program. He also teaches IMC Strategy, Law, Policy and Ethics and Data Privacy and Security to undergraduates, and serves as program director and academic advisor to students in the IMC Undergraduate Certificate program. Hayden is chairman of Medill’s Academic Standards Committee, and a member of Northwestern’s Copyright Policy Committee.

After receiving his law degree and passing the bar exam in 1977, Hayden switched directions and began his career at The Leo Burnett Company. He then spent most of the 80s at DDB Needham (now DDB), before joining Bozell Worldwide in 1989. He spent the next 14 years as president of Bozell’s Chicago operations, while also serving as a member of the Bozell Worldwide board of directors. Hayden left Bozell in 2003 following its acquisition by the Interpublic Group and spent the following three years as both president and chief strategy officer of GreenHouse, an independent communications company based in Chicago.

Hayden currently sits on the board of the Oakmark Mutual Funds, where he is chairman of the committee on contracts and a member of the executive and audit committees.

He is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and The Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Hayden volunteers each week with StandUp For Kids, an organization that provides outreach services for homeless youth and teens. He founded StandUp’s Chicago program in 2009 and served five years as its executive director, while also serving on StandUp’s national board of directors.

Hayden lives in Wilmette with his wife, Louise. Son Thomas is an attorney in Chicago. Son Alec, a graduate of Northwestern, has followed his dream and is now is the assistant swim coach at University of Illinois. Daughter Tess completed a masters degree in geology and environmental sciences at Alaska Pacific University and works in Anchorage for the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Hayden owns, races and breeds thoroughbred horses, skis the Canadian Rockies each year and tries to spend the occasional summer day with his family and dog on their boat in Lake Michigan.