Kenneth F. Haines to receive WVU Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters

Kenneth F. Haines dedicated his life to teaching students at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU).  Haines served as an instructor of foreign languages from 1952 until his retirement in 1996. During his 44 years of service, he taught French, Spanish, German, and English. Upon retirement, Haines was granted the designation Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages.   Haines will be presented with a WVU Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, during the 2015 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center. 

A Keyser native, Haines graduated from Keyser High School and earned an associate degree from Potomac State in 1950. He earned hisKen Haines bachelor's degree in 1952 and master's degree in 1953, both from WVU.  He also studied at La Sorbonne in Paris, France via a Fulbright Fellowship; at Indiana University; at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada; and at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Beyond teaching, Haines provided distinguished service to Potomac State College and the greater Keyser community. He has been an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Associations of Teachers of French, German, and Spanish; Phi Delta Kappa; the Modern Language Association; the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages; and the West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association. He has also been a faithful member of the Keyser Presbyterian Church and the Keyser Rotary Club, holding many leadership positions within those organizations.

Haines served more than 20 years as secretary/treasurer and president of the Potomac State College Alumni Association and secretary of the Potomac State College Foundation, Inc.  He also served as president of the Faculty Club, was faculty sponsor of the Student Government Association, and served as faculty advisor for 28 years to the Sigma Phi Omega honor society.

Haines is a master teacher who cares deeply about service, the success of his students and the craft of teaching. This dedication has been recognized with an Outstanding Professor Award, a Distinguished Service Award, and the W.E. Michael Community Citizen Award.  He was also named a Distinguished West Virginian by Gov. Wise in 2001.

Haines has also given back with the Kenneth Franklin Haines endowed scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts and sciences and the Dr. Nancy M. Miller scholarship fund to provide tuition and fee assistance. He has named Potomac State College as the primary beneficiary to his estate, with specifically prescribed allocations to further enhance his scholarship endowments and fund the construction of a unique capital project that will provide aesthetic as well as functional utility on the Potomac State campus.