New President Named To Lead Centenary College

The Centenary College Board of Trustees recently announced that Dr. David P. Haney has been named the 13th president of the northwestern New Jersey based institution effective as of July 1.


Haney will relinquish his position as vice president for Academic Affairs at Emory & Henry College in Southwest Virginia.  He arrived there four years ago after nine years at Appalachian State University where he was English Department chair and then vice provost for Undergraduate Education.


He holds a master’s and doctorate in English from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s in English from Macalester College.


“Dr. Haney has the stellar reputation of being an excellent administrator and an effective, collaborative leader,” says Wolfgang Gstattenbauer, chair of the Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee Chair.  “He has a strong reputation for openness, collegial decision-making and integrity. He also brings a wealth of knowledge of institutional fundraising and an understanding of the equine business. We are pleased to have Dr. Haney serving at the helm of this institution as we fulfill our future goals over the next decade.”


A Presidential Search Committee was established by Gstattenbauer after Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite announced in June 2015 that she was stepping down after being named president in 2009. Haney was selected from 70 applicants because of his strong background in higher education.


“I am extremely honored to be chosen as the 13th president of Centenary College,” says Haney.  “I admire the work that the college has done to remain a thriving, forward-looking institution that prepares students for the challenges of working, living, and contributing to society in the challenging world of the 21st century, and I am excited about continuing that work in partnership with students, staff, faculty, and trustees.  Everyone from Centenary and Hackettstown has been very welcoming during the entire search process, and my wife Lisa and I are eager to become active members of our new community.”


Hackettstown Mayor Maria DiGiovanni says “I am very pleased that Dr. David P. Haney will become Centenary College’s 13th president. I welcome him and his wife, Lisa Baldwin, to Hackettstown and look forward to getting to know both of them better. The town of Hackettstown and Centenary College enjoy a wonderful “Town – Grown” relationship and I believe with Dr. Haney as President, the relationship will continue to grow.

“I would like to also thank Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite for dedication to Centenary College and the Town of Hackettstown,” she says. “Dr. Lewthwaite and I have truly become partners as we worked on many ideas and projects that benefited Centenary and the town and it has been my pleasure to do so. I wish her continued success as she moves onto the next chapter of her life.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program in Hackettstown integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.


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