HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – David Haney announced Saturday night in an email to students that he will step down as president of Centenary University on June 30, saying he wanted to pursue other opportunities within higher education.
Haney officially made the announcement on Friday, just eight days after Centenary University broke ground on a new baseball complex.
Dr. David P. Haney was appointed the 13th president of Centenary University in July 2016, after serving for four years as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emory & Henry College, a liberal arts college in Southwest Virginia.
“This has been a very difficult decision for my spouse, Lisa Baldwin, and me. When we arrived here nearly three years ago, everyone welcomed us warmly. Since then, we have met so many wonderful Centenary students in the University’s classrooms, at Cyclone games, and at many community service initiatives. We will also never forget how you embraced—and named—our dog, Jefferson. Your intelligence, your caring spirit, and your commitment to Centenary and this community are indeed impressive,” Haney said.
“While it’s always hard to leave a place you’ve grown to call home, moving on to new opportunities is a normal part of life. College presidents are similar to you. We spend several years at an institution doing our best work and preparing for the next stage in our professional journey. Over the past three years, I’ve been fortunate to work with dedicated faculty, administrators, and staff who are dedicated to carrying this transition forward. As always, our students will remain at the heart of their efforts,” Haney said.
“During my final semester at Centenary, I will continue to have an open door and welcome the opportunity to interact with you. Lisa and I have made many wonderful friends here at Centenary, including with our students, and we will cherish these memories for the rest of our lives,” Haney said.