Dr. David P. Haney, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, will begin his duties as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University July 1.

Haney has extensive administrative and classroom experience including his most recent academic leadership position at Appalachian State University, a public institution of approximately 17,000 students.

“My experience at Appalachian State has taught me what it means to be a leader in an institution that strives to transform the lives of students through a first-class liberal education, enhance professional programs, increase community engagement, enhance technological resources, and engage in continuous innovation. Appalachian State University, like Black Hills State University, has in the last century moved from being a teacher’s college to a regionally responsive institution preparing students to live and work in a constantly changing global economy,” Haney says. “I welcome the challenge of helping to lead Black Hills State University in the next phase of its evolution.”

BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says Haney brings a wealth of experiences which will complement the goals and direction of BHSU.
“Dr. Haney’s focus on student success, service learning, and academic quality were strengths that resonated with faculty and staff during the interview process. I am delighted to have Dr. Haney join the BHSU community in our quest to transform lives through high-quality, innovative programs. He will fill the gap left by Dr. Dean Myers who just retired.”

Haney has been integrally involved in assessment of academic units, fundraising, grant writing, corporate relations, and enrollment initiatives, as well as strategic planning, international studies, graduate education, accreditation issues, and distance education. Haney has been actively involved in the growth of the service-learning program, the sustainable development, and outreach efforts. Under Haney’s leadership, Appalachian received the Carnegie “Community Engagement” classification in 2008 in both categories of curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.

Haney has a strong interest in technology both pedagogically and as a means of enhancing information needed for good decision-making. In order to maintain contact with students, Haney has continued to teach a course every year in addition to his administrative appointments.

Haney has a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in English from State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
Prior to his time at Appalachian State University, he served as a professor and chair in the Department of English at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. He also served as a faculty member at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and as dean of students at the Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts.

Haney, who is originally from Minneapolis, Minn., is married to Lisa Baldwin, who has taught elementary school for 28 years and recently completed a master’s degree.