MC announces new executive director-recruitment, retention, transfer

MIDLAND Midland College announced Tuesday that Shelly Haney is the new Executive Director – Recruitment, Retention, and Transfer in the Education Department.

In this newly established role focused on building the pipeline to teacher certification, Haney will lead the team responsible for developing a student and community-focused pathway, taking students from dual credit to teacher certification and into teaching positions with Midland Independent School District.

Haney has been a math teacher, coach, and administrator for MISD for over 20 years and most recently served as Chief of Schools for a local charter school network.

“I am so excited to join the MC team! I look forward to working with local high school and college students as they prepare to achieve their dreams of developing the minds of tomorrow’s leaders,” she said.

Haney is excited to partner with these future teachers as they start, strive, and succeed at MC and beyond.

Student Success is the second pillar of MC’s strategic framework. Haney’s role and the experience she brings support MC’s focus not only on students’ success but also on strengthening partnerships with school districts and higher education institutions to grow students’ awareness of opportunities in teaching. In addition to taking advantage of MC’s highly qualified faculty and a new cutting-edge pre-k academy and training site, these students will have early and continuous advising, access to scholarships, a robust, focused learning community, and a clear academic plan from day one through to teaching certification.

“We are committed to guiding these students every step of the way, regardless of where they begin their journey,” MC President Damon Kennedy said in a news release. “We are fortunate to have a robust partnership with MISD and the University of Texas Permian Basin, and together, we are working diligently to ensure a seamless transition from high school to Midland College and on to UTPB’s Texas Education Agency’s approved Teacher Education Preparation Program.”

Haney received a bachelor of science degree in multidisciplinary studies with a minor in mathematics from Texas Tech University and a master of education in School Leadership and Principal certification from the University of Texas Permian Basin. She has completed the Region 18 Superintendent Certification program, Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business Executive Education Academy, Leadership Midland, and the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Academy.

When Haney isn’t working, she enjoys watching Texas Tech sports, spoiling her niece, Katelyn, cooking, being a dog mom, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.