Former Professor Kenneth Haines to be added to Achievement Wall at Potomac State

Former Professor Kenneth F. Haines will be recognized by the Alumni Association at WVU Potomac State College during a special ceremony on Sunday, April 23, with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall. The Achievement Wall was conceived in order to recognize the academic and scholarly achievements of alumni, faculty and students. 

Haines dedicated his life to teaching students at Potomac State.  During his 44 years of service, he taught French, Spanish, German, and English and upon his retirement in 1996, Haines was granted the designation of Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages.   He was also presented with a WVU Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters in 2015.Ken Haines

A Keyser native, Haines graduated from Keyser High School and earned an associate degree from Potomac State in 1950. He earned his 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.

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.

His dedication was previously 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 to the College with the establishment of the Kenneth Franklin Haines endowed scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts and sciences and the Dr. Nancy M. Miller scholarship fund.  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. 

The public is invited to the Achievement Wall Ceremony to be held Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center Auditorium.