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 has also held administrative and faculty positions at Appalachian State University, Black Hills State University, Auburn University, and Swarthmore College. 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 and expanded academic programs in graduate health education, developing a school of health sciences on the campus of a former hospital. 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.
During his first months at Centenary, Dr. Haney has reorganized the university’s senior administration so as to support new initiatives in curriculum, international education, campus business practices, and collaboration with other institutions and the community. Using the principles of human-centered design, he is leading a campus-wide strategic planning process that emphasizes educational value, innovation, organizational health, fiscal responsibility, and community engagement. He has met with the staff and faculty of every department on campus, and he has visited local and state officials as well as presidents of other institutions of higher education in our region.
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 has 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, a 39-year veteran elementary school teacher and musician, who is working on several Centenary initiatives, including donor visits with Dr. Haney, connections with K-12 education, alumni events, planning for the new President’s house, and renovations of the historic Front Parlours in Seay Hall. The presidential couple also plays music together; their recent concert on Centenary’s campus raised over $5000 for the newly established President’s Innovation Fund.