Centenary University appoints interim president

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Centenary University Board of Trustees has appointed an interim president.

Wolfgang Gstattenbauer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, sent a message to students Thursday night to announce the appointment of Dr. Rosalind Reichard as Interim President of Centenary University following the resignation of Dr. David P. Haney last month.

(Centenary University Interim President Dr. Rosalind Reichard)

Dr. Reichard will step aside from her current role as a member of the University Board of Trustees during the transition process. According to the release, Dr. Reichard has extensive experience in higher education, as well as a deep love for Centenary University. She has served as president of Emory & Henry College, located in Emory, Virginia. She will assume the interim Centenary post as of January 1, 2019. Haney was a Vice President at Emory & Henry College prior to his appointment at Centenary.

Haney has served as the president of Centenary for nearly three years. “It was a very difficult decision for my spouse, Lisa Baldwin, and me,” said Haney in his resignation letter to students.  He went on to say that he met many wonderful Centenary students throughout the campus and community events. Haney and Baldwin named their new dog, Jefferson,  after the street on which Centenary University is located.

At the time of Haney’s resignation, he was a finalist for the presidency of another institution, Alvernia University in Reading,  Pennsylvania. Alvernia is scheduled to announce its decision on December 7th.

Haney signed a multi-year contract, which gave him the freedom to resign with a six-month notice. However, he gave an eight-month notice and expected to leave the post on June 30. In the interim period of December 1 – December 31, 2018, Dr. Amy D’Olivo, Vice President of Academic Affairs, has agreed to assume responsibility for the University.

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By: Anthony Preziosi Like on Facebook