Taylor University has named Lowell Haines president-elect. The 1975 graduate has served as an attorney at Indianapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels LLP for 25 years. Haines will succeed Eugene Habecker, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Haines previously served in various roles at the university for 10 years in the late-’70s and ’80s, including vice president for student development, dean of students, director of student programs and residence hall Director.
"It is a wonderful privilege to return to Taylor University. Sherry (also a Taylor grad) and I met on this campus, spent the early years of our marriage here, and were grateful when our daughter decided to attend Taylor. Taylor University is a special, unique place where young women and men receive not only a world-class education, but are shaped for the rest of their lives to make an impact in this world. We are deeply grateful to the Board of Trustees for the trust they have placed in us and are looking forward to getting to work in the days to come."
Haines has spent the majority of his career at the firm as a partner. He has specialized in dealing with nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations, as well as legal counsel for dozens of colleges and universities throughout the country.
Presidential Search Committee Chairman Mark Taylor says the process was nationwide in scope, "and in the end, we landed in our own backyard. Lowell Haines has served on our Board of Trustees for 13 years, and he was elected Vice Chair in May. We are very pleased that our top candidate is already so closely attuned to Taylor University and everything it represents."
Haines also holds degrees from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University and Ball State University and is working toward a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Haines’ first day on the job will be June 1.