Dr. Worth Haynes, ’65
A native of Webb, Mississippi in Tallahatchie County, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Alcorn State University in 1965. He was the first African American to receive a Master of Science in Teaching with a major in Animal Science/Agriculture from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 1971 and the first African American to receive a Doctorate of Philosophy in Agriculture Education from Iowa State University in 1977.
Dr. Haynes professional career expands 50 years beginning in Brookhaven, Mississippi as an Agriculture Teacher at Eva Harris High School for seven years where he was the Star Teacher in 1966. He worked for 14 years as the Dean of Vocational/Technical Education at Hinds Community College, Utica Campus (formerly Utica Junior College), where he established the 2 + 2 program for Agriculture. He served 13 years as Bureau Director of Vocational Education for at the Mississippi State Department of Education being the first African American to lead a bureau. In all positions, Dr. Haynes worked closely with Alcorn State to ensure students were aware of current and future opportunities in Agriculture.
After retirement, founded Haynes and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in program design/development, implementation and evaluation in areas of education, workforce training and developing responsible fathers and father/male involvement in life. Through his consulting firm, Dr. Haynes has designed and implemented Male involvement programs for Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc., Train the trainer programs for National Construction Industry for Wheels of Learning, International Trainer for Great Dads, a fathering program and Trainer for seven secrets of fathers, a national fathering program.
Dr. Haynes was actively involved in the field of agriculture and vocational education including coordinating the development of statewide curricula in secondary and post-secondary programs for Vocational-Technical Education, Team Leader for Mississippi Vocational Legislative delegation; organized and facilitated congressional hearings by Senator Thad Cochran on reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Applied Technology Act, Tennessee Valley Authority Task Force committee, vice-chair for agriculture curriculum legislative committee, member of the Governor’s Economic Development team, and Vice-President of the Mississippi Hugh O’Brian National Youth Organization.
In addition, he has received numerous awards, and special recognitions for his work in Agriculture and the community including: Recognition by the National Great DADS Fathering Organization for teaching over 300 workshops to 2500 fathers, Certificate of Recognition for Employee Support, Outstanding Young Man of America, Induction into Phi Delta Kappa, Star Teacher Eva Harris High School, National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) Distinguished ASU Alumni Award, Outstanding Educator of the Year, and Outstanding Service Award
Moreover, Dr. Haynes is a continuous advocate for Alcorn State University and an annual contributor to the Alcorn State University Foundation. He is a charter member of the Utica Chapter of the Alcorn National Alumni Association. Dr. Haynes and his wife Linden both received their golden diploma in May 2015. He served as co-chair of fundraising for ASU Class of 1965 50th Year reunion resulting in $106,200 being raised from the Golden Class. Dr. Haynes was inducted into the Alcorn State University Alumni Hall of Fame on August 18, 2017.
Dr. Haynes is also actively involved in social and civic organizations including: Past President of the Jackson District Laymen, Past State Coordinator for the Mississippi Laymen, life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and charter member of Theta Sigma Lambda Alcorn/Natchez Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.Dr. Haynes is married to Dr. Linden Smith Haynes, ‘65 and they have two children, Natasha, ’95 and Worth Jr, ’05. He resided in Ridgeland, MS. Dr. Haynes died on March 9, 2018.