Hiram College Names Haney New President

HIRAM, Ohio – David P. Haney has been named president of Hiram College, effective immediately.

Haney, who served as the interim president since fall, is an accomplished higher education leader with expertise in strategic planning, according to a press release. 

Dean Scarborough, chair of the college’s board of trustees, said in a news release that the board’s decision to hire Haney was due in part to his success and leadership during his first year at the college. 

“The 2020-21 academic year was strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Dr. Haney was able to guide the college through a challenging period in while ensuring the overall health and safety of the campus community,” Scarborough said. “The board has also been impressed with Dr. Haney’s design thinking approach to evaluate and address the college’s areas of opportunity, positioning Hiram to better meet the needs of its students today and tomorrow.”  

During his interim presidency, Haney worked to identify options for the most sustainable path forward for the college, according to the release. The transition to a longer-term presidency will give him the opportunity to help evolve current initiatives and develop strategies for new academic offerings, enrollment marketing, transfer student articulation agreements, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, campus sustainability and financial stability.  

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to help build a strong and prosperous future for Hiram at such a pivotal time in higher education,” Haney said. “In my first year alone, I’ve been given the pleasure of working with such committed students on initiatives like diversity and campus sustainability; with our development office to get to know many of Hiram’s very generous donors; to develop relationships with other college presidents, K-12 leaders, state and federal legislators as well as our local government officials; and to engage in northeastern Ohio workforce initiatives.” 

Haney is the college’s 23rd president.

He came to Hiram College after serving two years as the president of Centenary University, a private liberal arts University in Hackettstown, N.J. Prior to his presidency at Centenary, Haney served four years as the vice president for academic affairs at Emory and Henry College in Virginia.

He also held administrative and faculty positions at Appalachian State University, Black Hills State University, Auburn University, and Swarthmore College.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.