October 28, 2018

Dr. Haney will remain at Centenary until June while Board initiates transition

Hackettstown, N.J., Oct. 28, 2018—Centenary University President David P. Haney announced his resignation at a meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees on Friday. He will remain in his post until June 30. The board has assembled a task force to begin the transition process.

Dr. Haney arrived at Centenary University in July 2016. As the institution’s 13thpresident, he launched a five-year plan to right-size the University to more closely meet the needs of current enrollment. This has included restructuring staffing and completing a strategic planning process based on human-centered design. Other accomplishments at Centenary include raising $1.85 million for a new baseball field, enhancing community engagement initiatives, and increasing collaboration with area community colleges.

“The Board and I thank Dr. Haney for all that he has accomplished at Centenary University,” Board Chairman Wolfgang Gstattenbauer said. “We have full confidence in the executive staff to continue to advance the University during this time of transition. They have played an important role in initiatives that have resulted in the recent introduction of new, in-demand academic programs and a 15% increase in freshman enrollment this fall.”

Dr. Haney said he plans to pursue other opportunities in higher education. “This has not been an easy decision,” he explained. “There is never a right time to leave a place you’ve called home, and that is certainly the case at Centenary. My spouse, Lisa Baldwin, and I cherish the many friendships we made here. No matter where my career takes me, my priority will always be today’s students—supporting academic programs that cultivate intellect, job skills, and ethical conduct in the next generation of leaders.”


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.