PULLMAN, Wash. — Rueben Mayes, director of development for the Washington State University Office of Undergraduate Education, will be inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in ceremonies from Nov. 12-14.

Mayes and his family will be the guests of honor at a luncheon Friday, will be honored at a gala on Saturday and will be recognized at halftime of the game Sunday between the Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mayes played five seasons for the Saints from 1986-1990 after completing an outstanding career as a running back at WSU. He ranks third on the team’s all-time rushing yards list with 3,408 on 837 carries.

After concluding his football career with the Seattle Seahawks, Mayes worked in fundraising leadership positions at the National Association of Street Schools and CRISTA Ministries before returning to his alma mater, where he has held several positions. He served as assistant dean for external relations at the University of Washington Business School, before returning to WSU in his current role in August.

 “This is a great opportunity to participate in helping to gain funding for one of the university’s most important strategic priorities — enriching the teaching and learning environment in the classrooms at WSU. Our focus is on providing the best undergraduate experience at a research university,” Mayes said.

Mayes said some of the key priority areas for which he is seeking donor support are education abroad, service learning, undergraduate research and internship opportunities for WSU students.  He is also working closely with the Honors College, Summer School, and the Art Museum to raise funds to enrich the student-learning environment.

“We are finding donors who are excited about having the chance to make a difference. They see it as an opportunity to build upon all the great things that are already going on in undergraduate education here at WSU,” Mayes said.