Mike Haynie

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation

Michael Haynie

Mike Haynie is Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and Executive Dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. A senior member of the University’s leadership team for more than a decade, Haynie is responsible for a diverse portfolio of academic programs, innovation initiatives and administrative functions. He is also the founder and Executive Director of Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the nation’s first interdisciplinary academic institute chartered to inform and advance the policy, economic and wellness concerns of America’s veterans and military-connected families. In 2018, Haynie was named a University Professor, the most senior and selective academic rank awarded to Syracuse University faculty.

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading scholars in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy, Haynie serves on the editorial boards of the most prestigious academic journals in his field. He is an appointee to the CNBC Disruptor 50 Council—a group of the world’s leading thinkers in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Haynie is routinely asked to provide counsel to private- and public-sector leaders on issues related to entrepreneurship, innovation and military-connected families. In 2013, Haynie was appointed to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment and Training. In 2015, the White House asked Haynie to serve as Vice Chairman, and later Chairman, of a Presidential task force chartered to set the course for long-term reform at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Among several other external appointments, Haynie currently serves as a member of the George W. Bush Institute Advisory Council, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Federal Advisory Committee on Veterans and Higher-Education, and on the Board of Directors for Crouse Hospital and the Crouse Health System.  

Haynie has received numerous awards and recognitions for his scholarship, teaching and public-sector engagement. In 2013, his innovative work on behalf of veterans was the subject of a feature story by the CBS News program 60 Minutes. In 2020, Haynie was inducted into the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honor for his commitment to equality and inclusion. That same year, Time magazine recognized Haynie as one of 16 individuals working toward creating a more equal America. Haynie has also been recognized by the prestigious HillVets100, as among the nation’s 100-most-influential military veterans. In 2021, he was awarded Syracuse University’s highest honor, the Chancellor’s Medal, for his leadership of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haynie received a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and business strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA at the University of Oregon, and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Delaware. Before beginning his academic career at Syracuse University, Haynie served for 14 years as an officer in the United States Air Force.