As provost of the LIU Brooklyn campus, Gale Stevens Haynes oversees one of the most diverse college campuses in the country, with more than 11,000 students from across the nation and around the globe. Managing a $160 million annual budget, Provost Haynes has led the campus through a remarkable period of growth and development: doubling student enrollment, constructing new facilities, forging strong links with the community and cultivating a teaching and learning environment that encourages free thought and fosters the notion that when people of different backgrounds come together on the common ground
of intellectual pursuit, they enrich their lives as well as the lives of others.
In 2006, under Provost Haynes’ leadership, the campus completed the largest building project in its history: the $45 million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center (WRAC). This 114,000-square-foot facility supports the campus’ 18 Division I athletic teams, provides a state-of-the-art workout environment for the campus community and offers a broad array of health and wellness services, and health-related counseling programs to students, faculty members and administrators, as well as to members of the community at large.
The provost also has overseen a complete re-landscaping of the campus that has tripled its “green space,” creating a serene environment for study and recreation. In addition, she was a driving force in the construction of a magnificently designed performing arts center that serves the students and the community, and the Cyber Café, that offers students and members of the campus community a high-tech place to meet and eat.
Involved in higher education for three decades, Provost Haynes began her association with the LIU Brooklyn campus as a student, earning a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in counseling. She started her career as director of the campus’ Higher Education Opportunity Program. Upon completing her law degree at St. John’s University in 1983, she became LIU’s legal counsel before assuming the position of provost in 1989.
Additionally, Provost Haynes provides leadership and guidance for major community institutions in education and health care. Since January 2007, she has served as the chairwoman of the board of education for the Roosevelt Union Free School District in Nassau County and in November 2008, she was named to the board of directors for the Brooklyn Hospital Center.