Roger B. Hayden, a former county executive and two-time Baltimore County school board member has died.
Hayden passed away after struggling with a long illness.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski released the following statement after his passing.
“We collectively mourn the passing of former Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden. A dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for public education, County Executive Hayden exemplified what it means to give back to our communities. Baltimore County is stronger for his service and my sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
From 1990 to 1994, Hayden served as county executive for Baltimore County. He was the county’s last Republican leader.
Hayden also had served as an active member of the Board of Education for Baltimore County since 2017, after first serving for twelve years in the position under former schools Superintendent Robert Dubel from 1974-1987.
In a public news release, School Superintendent Darryl L. Williams said of his passing, “Roger Hayden, in every conversation and with every vote, was focused on making the best decisions for the students and staff of Baltimore County Public Schools.”
During one of his last school board meetings, Hayden said, “It is very easy to get started with a lot of vim and vigor at the start of the school year. How do we sustain the enthusiasm? We want to sustain the enthusiasm for our young people. We want to sustain the enthusiasm for our staff and our teachers. And we on the board have to work on that for ourselves. So, I think it’s going to be a great school year.”
Mr. Hayden was 74 years-old.