Meet the Vice Chancellor

Dr. J Michael Haynie


Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship | Whitman School of Management
Vice Chancellor | Strategic Initiatives & Innovation | Syracuse University
Executive Director | Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Dr. Mike Haynie is the Vice Chancellor of Syracuse University, responsible for Veterans and Military Affairs. In that role Dr. Haynie provides strategic leadership to the University’s campus-wide portfolio of veteran and military-connected programs, partnerships, and research – and works to develop new veteran and military-connected initiatives across the institution. Dr. Haynie also serves as the Executive Director of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families, and as the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at SU’s Whitman School of Management.

Mike completed his doctoral degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds College of Business. His academic research is focused on decision-making, identity, and entrepreneurial thinking, and has been published in many of the world’s leading entrepreneurship and business journals. Dr. Haynie currently serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business Venturing and the Journal of Management Studies. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Haynie served for 14 years (1992-2006) as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Haynie joined the faculty at Syracuse University in 2006, and shortly thereafter founded the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program as a social venture of the university. The EBV program was created to empower post-9/11 veterans through entrepreneurship, and since the program’s inception more than 900 veterans with disabilities have received the EBV training, and the initiative has expanded to a network of eight world-class business schools across the U.S. Further building on effort, Haynie then went on to launch the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University (2011), as the nation’s first, interdisciplinary academic institute focused purposefully on informing and impacting the policy, economic, wellness, and social concerns the nation’s veterans and their families. Today IVMF training and educational programs directly impact more than 10,000 veterans and family members annually, and the IVMF is widely acknowledged as the hub of academic thought leadership informing the post-service concerns of the nation’s veterans and military-connected families.

Dr. Haynie is a sought after advisor and speaker related to business strategy, veterans, and entrepreneurship. His work and scholarship has been widely featured by the media, to include the ABC Evening News with Diane Sawyer, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News, and also in the New York Times, LA Times, INC Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher-Education, Fortune, and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2013, Dr. Haynie’s work empowering veterans through entrepreneurship was the subject of a feature story by the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, titled “Succeeding as Civilians.”

Dr. Haynie currently serves as the chairman of the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach, appointed to that role in 2014 by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. He also serves on the external advisory committee of the Center for Integrated Healthcare at the Syracuse Regional Veterans Medical Center, and as an appointed member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Council on Returning Veterans and their Families. In addition, Dr. Haynie serves as a member of the advisory committee for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Veterans Coming Home project, and as a member of the selection committee for the Kennedy Center’s Lincoln Awards, honoring excellence in service to veterans and their families.

Professor Haynie has received numerous awards for his community engagement, scholarship, and teaching. Some include the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Snyder Memorial Award, the Guttag Research Fellowship, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Award for Research Excellence, the Michael Mescon Award for the Best Empirical Research in Entrepreneurship, and the McGraw-Hill/Irwin Award for Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy. In 2012, the editors of INC Magazine named Haynie’s EBV program as one of the ‘10-Best’ college-based entrepreneurship training programs in the United States, and Syracuse University has recognized Dr. Haynie’s work with Oberwager Prize (2007), and with Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Engaging the World (2010).

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