Sandra Haynes has served in the Dean’s position in the College of Professional Studies of Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2003. Haynes’ collaborative approach helped her to obtain approval for a new Hotel and Hotel Learning Center for the School’s growing Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department. Additionally, she was involved with the planning of the Student Success Building and redevelopment of existing space, the development of the new athletics complex, and is involved in the planning of an Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building. Other accomplishments include: helping to secure a $9.5 million Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant; a $3.8 million Title III Grant to improve advising college-wide and establish a School of Education; assisting in the establishment of the regional headquarters for Teaching with Primary Sources, a venture born out of the Library of Congress’ Adventures of the American Mind project; the establishment of the accelerated nursing program; and establishing one of the first master degree programs in the institution, Master of Arts in Teaching.
Haynes was the primary person responsible for obtaining public art, a bronze entitled, “One World, One Water”, and $1 million in funding to create a progressive educational program using the sculpture as inspiration. She led the university wide effort to establish the Center for Faculty Development, and actively participated in the revision of the university’s general education program, reorganization plans, and strategic planning efforts. Haynes’ dedication to diversity has led her to establish best practices in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. She has developed a strategic plan dedicated to ensuring inclusive excellence by instituting best practices in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty such as strategic and pro-active advertising and creating welcoming and sustained faculty communities. In 2014, Haynes was awarded an honorary doctorate and professorship by the University of Pecs in Hungary for her work in developing international partnerships. She was a 2010-11 American Council on Education Fellow. This fellowship complements other leadership development efforts including HERS and the Harvard MDP program. She was the 2009 recipient of MSU Denver’s President’s Award for Distinguished Service and 2004 Outstanding Woman’s Award for the Advancement of Education for Women.