Dr. Richard J. Haney brings more than three decades of educational expertise from family roots in teaching to acclaimed higher education leadership. Selected as the seventh president of Mesa Community College, his primary responsibilities are providing vision and direction for the planning and operation of the college; serving as MCC’s ambassador and advocate; and aligning the college’s strategic priorities with the shared transformation of the Maricopa Community Colleges student experience.
An advocate for collaborative relationships, his leadership style of engagement and inclusion creates positive communication channels and synergy among the various areas of the college. As a champion of student success, Haney focuses on removing barriers MCC’s diverse student body may encounter while enhancing resources to help reach goals.
Haney has an extensive background in developing and implementing training and education partnerships between employers, educational institutions, business associations, international partners, and community/economic development groups.
Prior to being selected MCC president, Haney served as provost and interim president at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Before CLC he held administrative positions at Parkland College and Southwestern Illinois College, where his focus was workforce and economic development.
He holds a Doctorate of Education and a Master of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Dr. Haney enjoys traveling with his wife, mountain climbing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.