Dr. Richard J. Haney became the seventh president of Mesa Community College July 1, 2018. As the chief executive officer of the community college, his primary responsibilities are as an ambassador for MCC as well as to provide vision and continuous leadership and direction for the planning and operation of all aspects of the college's programs and services.
Haney has more than three decades of educational experience from high school instruction to higher education leadership. He joins MCC after serving as interim president at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Prior to being named interim president, he served as the college’s provost, providing leadership for both the Educational Affairs and Student Development divisions.
Under his leadership, in 2016 the CLC received the Charles Kennedy Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees for its work in advancing student success and diversity among students, faculty and staff.
He joined the College of Lake County in 1999 as dean of Business and Industry Services and served as the assistant vice president for Educational Affairs and vice president for Educational Affairs prior to being named provost. Before CLC he held leadership positions at Parkland College and Southwestern Illinois College, where his focus was workforce and economic development.
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. He has been an active member in local and national associations, organizations, and foundations.
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 his family and friends.