Father Ralph E. Haines III Appointed to Thomas Nelson College Board


Published: October 13, 2006

The Virginia Peninsula – Father Ralph E. Haines, III has been appointed to serve on the Thomas Nelson Community College Board. The College Board, comprised of 14 members from six localities in the Thomas Nelson service area, acts in an advisory capacity to the State Board for Community Colleges and Thomas Nelson President Dr. Charles A. Taylor.

Father Haines is rector of Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Newport News, and serves as secretary of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Before his ordination to priesthood in 1972, he was Lay Reader in Charge and later Deacon in Charge at Saint Augustine’s. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Richmond and a Master of Divinity Degree from Crozer Seminary at Chester, Pennsylvania.

In addition to this appointment, Father Haines serves on the Peninsula Institute for Community Health Board which granted him a Founders Award in 1998. He has past memberships in several civic and/or service organizations including the Red Cross Board of Directors, Office of Human Affairs Board of Directors, Greater Southeast Development Corporation and the Newport News Public Schools Rights and Responsibilities Committee, among several others.

Throughout his career, Father Haines has received numerous awards and special recognition to include a Community Service Award from the Newport News Human Rights Commission, a Man of the Year Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and an NAACP Good Guy Award, to name a few.

Father Haines and his wife Bettie of Gladys, Virginia, have two sons, Christian and Mark.

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