Mission Statement

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Centenary University is a community of learners distinguished by a diverse student body, a dedicated faculty and staff, and stimulating educational opportunities.  Centenary University is committed to a quality liberal arts and career studies education with a substantial international dimension to engage students in learning and prepare them for satisfying careers, successful lives, community service, and life-long intellectual pursuits.

As the primary educational and cultural resource for northwest New Jersey, Centenary offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs as well as non-degree courses for professional and personal development.


Inauguration Speech

The transcript of the Centenary University Presidential Inauguration Speech by Dr. David Haney

Dr. David P. Haney

Thirteenth President of Centenary University

Dr. David P. Haney was appointed the 13th president of Centenary University in July 2016, after most recently serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emory & Henry College, a liberal arts college in Southwest Virginia.

He arrived at Emory & Henry four years ago after nine years at Appalachian State University where he was English Department Chair and then Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.  This followed 12 years as a faculty member at Auburn University. He spent a year in Spearfish, South Dakota, as Provost at Black Hills State University and Regents Fellow with the South Dakota Board of Regents.  He began his administrative career as Dean of Students at the Cambridge School of Weston, an independent secondary boarding and day school in Weston, Massachusetts.

At Emory & Henry College, Dr. Haney led the development of a strategic initiative for project-based liberal education, supported by a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Much of his effort as Chief Academic Officer was dedicated to the expansion of the college through graduate programs in health education, including the development of a school of health sciences on the campus of a former hospital, whose first program, a doctorate in physical therapy, began in fall 2015.  He raised $600,000 to hire a founding Dean and helped secure a $5 million commitment for support of health sciences programs.  He played a leadership role in the acquisition of an equestrian program, the development of an environmental field station, the establishment of a partnership with the Rensselaerville Institute, the expansion of community engagement initiatives, the growth of the honors program and the expansion of international education.  He also led an academic program prioritization process and several strategic planning initiatives and he worked on regional and professional accreditation issues.

Dr. Haney holds an MA and PhD in English from the University at Buffalo and a BA in English from Macalester College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  His scholarship focused on British Romantic poetry and the philosophical connection between interpretation and ethics, with two monographs on Penn State Press’s Literature and Philosophy series, as well as articles on British Romanticism, literature and philosophy and higher education.  Dr. Haney is married to Lisa Baldwin, who is currently a second-grade teacher at Hatchery Hill Elementary school in Hackettstown.

History of the University

Since its founding in 1867, Centenary University has had a history of adapting its academic programming to serve a broad range of individuals.  Over the years, the University has maintained this tradition by responding to the changing needs of a growing and more diverse population.  Centenary University has always remained true to its mission of applied liberal arts study, continuously working to provide education for and meet the needs of the greater community.  Its evolution span a coeducational institution for over forty years, a preparatory school for females (1910), a collegiate program for women to a junior college for women (1940), and in 1976, a four-year women’s college that emphasized liberal arts and career education.  In 1988, Centenary returned to its co-educational roots and became a master-degree-granting institution in 1995.

Centenary is a leader in integrating a top-quality co-curricular experience with an already excellent academic program.  It is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey.  In 2016, Centenary launched its first doctoral level program in Educational Leadership and attained university status.