Dr. Mike Haynie is the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives & Innovation at Syracuse University. In that role, he is responsible for a diverse portfolio of academic programs, centers, and innovation initiatives that include Syracuse University’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs, Office of Government and Community Relations, and also University College – Syracuse University’s point of entry for nontraditional and continuing education students. As the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship, Haynie also leads the University’s robust portfolio of entrepreneurship and cross-campus innovation programs, while at the same time serving as the founding Executive Director of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
Haynie earned a doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his academic research – focused on entrepreneurial decision-making and strategy – has been published in many of the world’s leading entrepreneurship and business journals. Haynie currently serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business Venturing, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, the Journal of Management Studies, and he serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. Before beginning his academic career, Haynie served for 14 years as an officer in the United States Air Force.
Shortly after arriving at Syracuse University in 2006, Haynie created the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program at SU’s Whitman School of Management, an initiative designed to empower military veterans through entrepreneurship. Haynie later went on to launch the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University (2011), 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 the IVMF’s educational programs directly impact more than 35,000 veterans and family members annually, and the IVMF is widely acknowledged as the nation’s hub of academic thought leadership related to the post-service concerns of America’s veterans and military-connected families.
Dr. Haynie currently serves an appointed member of the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach, and as a member of the advisory committee for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Veterans Coming Home project. In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Bob McDonald appointed Haynie to serve as the vice chairman of the newly created MyVA Advisory Committee, a Presidential Task Force chartered to set the course for long-term excellence and reform at the Department of Veteran Affairs.