Executive Director, Founder
J. Michael Haynie, Ph.D.
Dr. Mike Haynie is the Vice Chancellor of Syracuse University, responsible for Veteran and Military Affairs. In that role Dr. Haynie provides strategic leadership to the University’s veteran and military-connected programs, partnerships, and research – and works to develop new military-connected initiatives across the institution. Dr. Haynie also serves as the Founding Executive Director of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families (IVMF), and as the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at SU’s Whitman School of Management.
Mike completed his doctoral degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His academic research is focused on decision-making, competitive strategy, identity, and entrepreneurial thinking, and has been published in many of the world’s leading entrepreneurship and business journals. Dr. Haynie currently serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business Venturing, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, the Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. Before beginning his academic career, Haynie served for 14 years (1992-2006) as an officer in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Haynie joined the faculty at Syracuse University in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he founded the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program – a university-based social venture designed to empower post-9/11 veterans through entrepreneurship. Since the program’s inception more than 1100 veterans with disabilities have received the EBV training, and the initiative has expanded to a network of ten world-class business schools across the U.S. Haynie later went on to launch the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (2011), as the nation’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, focused purposefully on informing and impacting the policy, economic, wellness, and social concerns of the nation’s veterans and their families.
Today IVMF training and educational programs directly impact more than 25,000 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 is a sought after advisor and speaker related to business strategy, veterans issues, and entrepreneurship. His work has been widely featured by the media, to include the ABC Evening News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News, and also in the New York Times, LA Times, INC Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher-Education, Fortune, and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2013, Dr. Haynie’s efforts to empower veterans through entrepreneurship was featured by the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, in a story titled “Succeeding as Civilians.”
Dr. Haynie currently serves as the chairman of the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach, appointed to that role in 2014 by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. 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, chartered to provide advice to the Secretary related to the Department’s efforts to set the course for long-term excellence and reform at VA. In addition, Haynie serves on the New York State Governor’s Council on Returning Veterans and their Families, and as a member of the advisory committee for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Veterans Coming Home project.
Professor Haynie has received numerous awards for his community engagement, scholarship, and teaching. Some include the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Snyder Memorial Award, the Guttag Research Fellowship, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Award for Research Excellence, the Michael Mescon Award for the Best Empirical Research in Entrepreneurship, and the McGraw-Hill/Irwin Award for Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy. In 2012, the editors of INC Magazine named Haynie’s EBV program as one of the ‘10-Best’ college-based entrepreneurship training programs in the United States, and Syracuse University has recognized Dr. Haynie’s work with the Oberwager Prize (2007), and with Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Engaging the World (2010).