Haines Installation Highlights Inauguration ActivitiesBy James R. Garringer, Director of Media Relations Published: Sep 21, 2017
The installation is one of numerous planned events surrounding Haines’ inauguration. Additional activities include a pair of public concerts and an academic colloquium as well as a number of private, invitation-only events. Haines is a 1975 Taylor alumnus and former member of Taylor’s Board of Trustees, and succeeded Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, now Taylor’s President Emeritus, on June 1, 2016. Haines was chosen following a nationwide search.
“As a Board, we sought a candidate who combined exemplary experience in higher education and a belief in the mission of Taylor University with a strong desire to impact the next generation of student leaders,” said Dr. Wellington Chiu ’74, Taylor’s late Board Chairman. “Working with Lowell on the Board has given all of us the opportunity to recognize his gifts and passion. We believe he not only will be able to lead Taylor University in an exceptional way, but he will also provide an important link and continuity to the outstanding accomplishments of Dr. Habecker.”
Three former Taylor presidents, Drs. Jay Kesler, David Gyertson, and Habecker, as well as longtime Taylor administrator and once acting president Dr. Daryl Yost, will also play roles in the inauguration. Taylor officials say a large contingent of delegates from throughout the United States and beyond have confirmed plans to attend and participate.
The Haines inauguration festivities will conclude with a Friday evening concert featuring Taylor alumnus Steve Amerson with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra. Known as "America's Tenor," Amerson has recorded numerous albums and contributed to soundtracks for dozens of motion pictures, television programs, and commercials.
“The inauguration of a president on any college campus is an event of significance that reaches well beyond the person who is vested with the office of president,” said Haines. “More importantly, it is a celebration of the history, heritage, people, educational mission, and, in Taylor’s case, religious purposes, that are essential to the life of the institution of higher learning.
“From the time my wife, Sherry, and I solemnly accepted the call to serve as Taylor’s President and First Lady, we have looked forward to this celebration with a deep sense of purpose, humility, gratitude, and awe, and certainly, an urgent reliance on God,” Haines continued. “We humbly look forward to sharing this time with not only Taylor's students, faculty and staff, but also with our larger Indiana community and with many, many friends and institutional delegates who will travel from across the United States and beyond to attend.”
In addition to his degree from Taylor, Haines holds a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.); a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.) (Cum Laude); and Master of Arts from Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.).
Haines served the first 10 years of his professional career at Taylor, first as a residence hall director (1977-80), later as Director of Student Programs (1980-83), Dean of Students (1983-85) and finally as Vice President for Student Development (1985-87). He left Taylor in 1987 to attend law school.
Prior to returning to Taylor, Haines has served as partner at one of the nation’s largest law firms, Indianapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels, where he served dozens of colleges and universities across the country, along with churches and faith-based organizations, private foundations, museums, and many other nonprofit organizations.
Haines’ wife Sherry, also a Taylor graduate, spent 35 years as an art teacher in public and private schools, most recently at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. The Haineses are parents to one daughter, Hannah, who is also a Taylor University alumna and a registered nurse with IU Health.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, October 18 - Friday, October 20
All Day – Art Exhibits, Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center
Wednesday, October 18
10:00 am – Chapel, Steve Poe, Northview Church, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium
Thursday, October 19
7:30 pm – Haines Brothers and Friends Concert, Bond Plaza, LaRita Boren Campus Center
Friday, October 20
10:00 am – Installation Ceremony, Kesler Student Activities Center
1:30-4:30 pm – Academic Colloquium, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium
7:30 pm – Inaugural Celebration Concert Featuring Steve Amerson and the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium