President Paul Lowell Haines '75 EdD, JD
Prior to joining the Taylor University administration, President Haines served for fifteen years on Taylor’s Board of Trustees. He is a 1975 Taylor graduate and the first 10 years of his professional career were spent in Upland. During those years, he served as Vice President for Student Development (1985-87), Dean of Students (1983-85), Director of Student Programs (1980-83), and Residence Hall Director (1977-80).
From 1990 - 2016, President Haines practiced with one of the nation’s largest law firms, Indianapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels, the last 17 of which he served as an equity partner. There, he specialized in working with nonprofit organizations and served as legal counsel to dozens of colleges and universities across the country. He also provided legal services to organizations exempt from federal and state income taxes, including churches and faith-based organizations, private foundations, museums, fraternities, veterans’ organizations, amateur athletic organizations, public charities of all types, and other nonprofit organizations. Haines served as Group Leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group.
President Haines holds degrees from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania (Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management, 2017), the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University - Bloomington (Doctor of Jurisprudence 1990, cum laude); Ball State University (Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration, 1977), and Taylor University (Bachelor of Arts in History, 1975).
In addition to his Taylor Board membership, President Haines holds or has held a number of other Board positions including serving as a director of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the Christian College Consortium (CCC), Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, Inc., and the Indianapolis Public Schools Educational Foundation.
Honors accorded to President Haines during his professional career include his being named to the list of Best Lawyers in America numerous times, selected as Indianapolis Education Lawyer of the Year (2013), elected as Editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Journal, and awarded the Stephen S. Bedi Award for Excellence in Service to Higher Education by Taylor University.
President Haines’ wife, Sherry, is a 1976 Taylor graduate, holds a Master of Arts in Art Education, and spent 35 years as an art teacher in public and private schools, the last 18 of which were at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their daughter Hannah is a 2011 alumna of Taylor University and is a registered nurse in Indianapolis, Indiana.