J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship, has been named a University Professor by Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly. The distinction—a four-year, renewable appointment—is granted to faculty who excel in their fields and have made extraordinary scholarly contributions nationally and internationally. The Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved this appointment at its recent meeting.

“I join the Provost and our community in congratulating Mike on this appointment. His entrepreneurial expertise is routinely leveraged by stakeholders at the highest levels of government, private enterprise and nonprofit organizations, and his scholarship is widely published in the leading academic journals in his field,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “His passion for innovation and service has positively impacted the lives of the more than 100,000 veterans and military-connected families served by IVMF programs around the world, and his leadership continues to enrich and enhance our campus community.”

“This is an incredibly well-deserved honor,” says Wheatly. “Mike’s passion for bringing an innovation lens to addressing the issues and concerns facing the nation’s veterans has had a profound impact on both public policy and on countless veterans and military-connected families. I am pleased he will play another distinguished role in support of our academic community and advancing scholarly understanding and research in his field.”

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