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.