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The SUNY Broome community is pleased to welcome Dr. Penny Haynes, a SUNY Broome alumna, as its new Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer beginning this summer.

Dr. Haynes will start in July, following the retirement of current Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Francis Battisti, whose career at the college spans more than 40 years and is also a SUNY Broome alum.

“From program development to reaccreditation in our regional association, Dr. Haynes has a truly impressive array of accomplishments and experience. She is an ideal fit for SUNY Broome at this time in our history,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “She also knows the value of a SUNY Broome education: She’s a proud alumna! We’re excited to welcome her home to her alma mater.”

For the past 11 years, she has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (later renamed provost) at Schenectady County Community College.  During her time there, she oversaw the development of new program proposals, including degree programs in Criminal Justice, Air Traffic Control, Alternative Energy Technology, Casino and Gaming, Craft Spirit and Distillation and more. She also oversaw the successful submission of major grants and their recent Middle States reaccreditation, implemented a new advising model, and restructured Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, to mention just a few of her accomplishments.

Prior to her time in Schenectady, she served Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Dutchess Community College, and Vice President of Academic Affairs, academic dean, branch director and a full-time faculty member in accounting and management at the Utica School of Commerce.

Dr. Haynes earned an Associate’s of Applied Science in Accounting at SUNY Broome, followed by a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and Economics at SUNY Oneonta, a Master’s of Arts in Social Sciences and Binghamton University, and an Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.