Title: (Retired) Academic Administrator, Historian
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
Robert V. Haynes, Retired Academic Administrator and Historian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.
As a young man, Dr. Haynes served in the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge in 1951. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College in 1952, and a Master of Arts from Peabody College in 1953. At the same time, from 1952 to 1953, Dr. Haynes had already found success, being awarded a Carnegie fellowship. In 1956, he became a member of the faculty at the University of Houston (UH). In 1959, he earned a PhD from Rice University, and in 1967 he became a professor of history at UH. He rose to the rank of acting director of Afro-American studies at UH in 1969.
He was overjoyed to teach the first class about African American history at UH, and went on to become the interim director of libraries in 1976, before becoming the director of libraries in 1978. He continued to rise at UH, becoming associate provost in 1980. In 1981, he became deputy provost, additionally serving as an editor for The Houston Review until 1984. After his long history with UH, Dr. Haynes transitioned to a role as vice president of academic affairs at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in 1984, where he remained until 1996, when he became a professor. After more than a decade as a professor at WKU, Dr. Haynes became a professor emeritus in 2010.
During the course of his career, Dr. Haynes has published several historical works. His first publications were “A Night of Violence: The Houston Riot of 1917” and “The Natchez District and the American Revolution” in 1976. In 2010, he published “The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier,” and in 2015 he received the prestigious Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award for his body of literary work. His most recent publication is “In the Beginning: An Early History of the Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, Kentucky,” which was published in 2018, the year before the church’s 200th anniversary in 2019—in addition, the book is in the process of being adapted for film. Currently, Dr. Haynes is working on his autobiography.
Dr. Haynes was always interested in history, from a very young age. At five years old, he memorized all of the presidents. This passion led him to an exceptional career as a historian and educator. He is a member of the American History Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern History Association, the Mississippi History Society, and the Institute of Early American History and Culture. He has contributed numerous articles to professional journals. As a testament to his stature, success, legacy, and body of work, Dr. Haynes has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the South of Southwest, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.
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