The University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) has named Gary T. Henry as dean. His appointment is effective August 16.
Henry is currently a professor of public policy and education and director of graduate studies in the Dept. of Leadership Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.
“Dr. Henry combines signature strengths in both scholarship and leadership that will serve him well as the next dean of our College of Education and Human Development,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “I am confident that he will foster academic excellence that will inspire our faculty, students and staff as we develop the next generation of educators. I look forward to working with him in his new role at Delaware.”
A member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University since 2012, he also currently leads the Tennessee Education Research Alliance initiative to evaluate the reforms designed to improve the lowest performing schools in the state. Findings from these studies have been cited as influencing policies in other states as well.
“Gary Henry has an impressive record of turning research into action,” Provost Robin W. Morgan said. “He has worked closely with local, state and regional school systems to help them improve, and this experience will serve him well as he creates an environment at Delaware that supports the development of tomorrow’s education leaders and to improve educational policies and performance.
Henry succeeds Carol Vukelich, who has led CEHD since 2015.