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North Carolina Educator Assumes Leadership Role for UCM-Lee’s Summit

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April  21, 2017) –Warren E. Haynes, whose higher education experience includes teaching, workforce training, leadership in workforce and economic development and continuing education programs, will share his knowledge and skills with the University of Central Missouri and its students as the new director of  UCM–Lee’s Summit. His appointment begins July 17.

Warren Haynes
Warren E. Haynes

Haynes, who currently resides in the greater Raleigh, N.C. metropolitan area, has served since 2015 as dean of Workforce and Economic Development for Halifax Community College (HCC), one of 58 colleges within the North Carolina Community College System.  His primary responsibilities at HCC have included leadership for designing and implementing curriculum and instruction that is workforce focused, and providing strategic leadership, direction and management for all efforts related to non-credit education and training.

Laurel Hogue, vice provost for Extended Studies at UCM, announced Haynes’ appointment, noting that his background will support the university as UCM-Lee’s Summit embarks on a new era of service to the Kansas City metropolitan area.

“Dr. Haynes is filling a critical position for UCM at a time when we are looking at new opportunities to develop partnerships with area businesses and industries that meet specific workforce needs,” Hogue said. “Considering his background, we have great confidence in his ability to help UCM make a strong contribution to the delivery of educational services what will support economic development, while also serving the vast needs of other adults in the metro area who want to further their education.” 

Haynes’ career in education also includes service at Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky., in positions that include teaching assignments and service as interim department chair and chief administrative officer for the School of Public Administration, Social Work & Criminal Justice; postdoctoral associate in the Department of Public Policy and Administration for Rutgers University, Camden, N.J.;  and director of the Advanced Workforce, both for the  Department of Continuing Education and Customized Training at Frederick Community College, Frederick, Md. He also held positions that included director of Community and Workforce Development and assistant professor for the Department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Va.; coordinator of Continuing Education for the Department of Continuing Education at Passaic County Community College, Paterson, N.J.; and assistant area development director for the United Negro College Fund, New Jersey Region, Newark, N.J.  

Haynes’ education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morgan State University; a master’s degree from City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch College; doctorate from the University of Baltimore; and postdoctoral training at Rutgers University.

Asked about the opportunity to lead UCM-Lee’s Summit, Haynes compared his new role to being somewhat like a key part of an orchestra where all the key elements come together to create an” impactful symphony.”

“Similarly, community engagement, workforce development and professional training designed to meet the needs of business, industry and third sector organizations coupled with strong collaborative partnerships are some of the ingredients of a strong and vibrant economy,” he said. “As I searched for the right synergistic fit, UCM–Lee’s Summit continued to surface. The UCM-Lee's Summit opportunity ideally meshed with my experience, skills, and entrepreneurial spirit. I love to see individuals and organizations become their personal and professional best. I look forward to being in concert with the greater Kansas City, Missouri labor workforce needs.”                                               

Relocating just east to the new Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) facility this fall, UCM–Lee’s Summit is currently located at 850 NW Chipman Road, serving as the university's residence center for educational opportunities in the Kansas City region for undergraduates, graduates and students who are transferring from other institutions. At the undergraduate level, UCM – Lee’s Summit offers degree completion programs in child and family development, elementary education, cybersecurity, computer science, drafting and design technology, nursing, psychology, occupational safety management, systems engineering, social work, criminal justice and general studies. Graduate programs cover a wide area of education program opportunities to help individuals move up the career ladder, in addition to technology-related programs that include computer science, computer information systems and information technology, and cybersecurity, as well as opportunities in business administration, nutrition, social gerontology, occupational safety management, human development and family science, and more.

Being a good education partner in Lee’s Summit also means reaching out to the metropolitan area to provide other programs that meet specific workforce needs. UCM-Lee’s Summit works with a number of businesses and industries in the metropolitan area to provide professional development opportunities for employees. The university offers certificate or certification programs in different subject areas to help existing employees improve their job skills, and possibly advance in their current positions or prepare for new careers.