Dr. Leonard L. Haynes III
After an outstanding tenure as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) in April of 2010 Haynes was named Senior Director of Institutional Service (IS) for Office of Postsecondary Education which administers the programs authorized by the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1965 impacting the development of minority serving institutions including Title III for Historically Black Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribally Colleges, Title V for Hispanic Serving Institutions, and the Historically Black College Capitol Finance Program. The budget for IS is approximately $900 million. Prior to directing the Office of Institutional Services and the WHIHBCU office Haynes served as Director for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in the Office of Postsecondary Education. Haynes retired from the Department of Education on February 29, 2016 and is now a Distinguished Adjunct Professor for the John Glenn College of Public Policy and Management of The Ohio State University and Senior Fellow for the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Region.
Dr. Haynes has previously served as Executive President of the Southern University System, U. S. Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Director of Academic Programs for the United States Information Agency, Senior Assistant to the President of American University, Acting President of Grambling State University, and Senior Advisor to the Superintendent of the District of Columbia’s Public Schools. He has been a member of the faculties of Howard University, University of Maryland, Southern University and a fellow with the Brookings Institution.
Haynes earned the B.A. degree in History from Southern University, a M.A. in American History from Carnegie-Mellon University, and the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University. He retired as a career member of the Senior Executive Service for the United States and is a member of many notable societies, boards, commissions, civic organizations, and professional organizations, including, Fielding Graduate University, History Makers, Who’s Who in America,, Phi Delta Kappa, The Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He has been the recipient of numerous recognitions and honors including Education Policy Fellow assigned to the Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction, member of the Hall of Fame for The Ohio State University’s College of Education and recipient of The John Glenn School of Public Service and Management of The Ohio State University annual award for Public Service in 2006. He is also listed in the 2011 publication: From Excellence to Eminence: 100 Years of African American Achievement at The Ohio State University. In 2011 during the centennial celebration of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Haynes was recognized for his work in the field of education and the Congressional Black Caucus honored Dr. Haynes in 2011 with its Mountain 2 Top Achievement Award. In September, 2015 Haynes was named the first recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s “Diversity Champion Award”.
Haynes is the recipient of fourteen honorary degrees, including one from The Ohio State University. A noted author and an expert on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Haynes has also been recognized for his efforts in the field of international education. He is an accomplished speaker and presenter. He is a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. While Dr. Haynes was born in Boston,
Massachusetts he regards himself as a native son of the South. Dr. Haynes and his wife, Mary, reside in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.