Richard A. “Dick” Hayne ’69 ’12P graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor of arts degree in social relations. While at Lehigh, he was a member of the fraternity Psi Upsilon. After graduation, Hayne worked for Volunteers In Service To America in Alaska for two years. Upon his return, he partnered with friend and fellow Lehigh alumnus Scott Belair ’69 ’13P ’13P ’18P to open Free People in 1970, a retail store located near the University of Pennsylvania featuring jewelry, clothing, and home décor for college students. The store was a success and officially renamed Urban Outfitters five years later. Hayne expanded to larger headquarters in 1976 and, since then, the corporation has grown to encompass a leading lifestyle consumer products company, URBN, operating under the Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain, Urban Outfitters, and Vetri brands. Hayne has been chairman of the board and CEO since the company’s incorporation in 1976.
Dick’s wife, Meg, has worked across all URBN brands for more than 34 years. Today, she is chief creative officer at URBN, chief executive officer of Free People, and serves on the URBN board of directors. Meg’s passion involves working with the creative teams to develop the products, environment, experience, and branding as well as identifying and developing creative talent in all of the URBN brands.
The Haynes are generous supporters of Lehigh and Dick attributes a great deal of his entrepreneurial success to the hands-on education that he received as an undergraduate. Their principal gift, in conjunction with Bayne and Scott Belair ’69 ’13P ’13P ’18P, is helping to lead the renovation of two former Bethlehem Steel research facilities that, since 2013, have provided space and work areas for students participating in the Mountaintop Initiative. The Haynes have also generously supported the Lehigh Fund and the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.
Dick serves on the boards of Drexel University and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, where he is the chair of the board of trustees, as well as Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, the Morris Arboretum, and Stroud Water Research Center.
The Haynes have five children, David, Jonathan, Sarah, Annesley ’12, and Judson. They reside in Coatesville, Pennsylvania where they operate the Doe Run Dairy farm.