New Leadership for School of Ed, Honors College

Dr. Douglas V. Henry
Dr. Douglas V. Henry

Dr. Douglas V. Henry became dean of Baylor’s Honors College May 1. He has served in many roles since coming to Baylor in 2001, including director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, faculty steward of Brooks Residential College and interim dean of the Honors College. 

“I am humbled at the opportunity to serve my colleagues and students as dean. I’m also eager to do everything I can to help us rally around bold aspirations,” Henry said. “Those aspirations rightly find their source and end within our Honors College vision: to love truth, kindle faith and cultivate virtue in friendship, study and service to Christ and neighbor. 

“I anticipate great years ahead as I serve with exemplary faculty and staff to recruit the finest undergraduates anywhere to be found, collaborate with colleagues across campus in providing a deeply Christian education and celebrate as our alumni lead, serve and bear witness in all the ways the University mission envisions.” 

Among his other roles at Baylor, he is a mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program. 


Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke
Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke

Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke became the dean of the University’s School of Education July 1. 

“It is an exciting time to join Baylor University, and I am looking forward to serving the School of Education as its next dean. From the moment I read Illuminate, I knew I wanted to be a part of Baylor’s efforts to realize this vision,” Hagan-Burke said. “The School of Education is uniquely poised to make substantive contributions to the University’s signature academic initiatives, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead those efforts.” 

Hagan-Burke comes to Baylor from Texas A&M University, where she was professor of special education and head of the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development. Her department, which focuses on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts, averaged nearly $9 million annually over the past three years in sponsored research and is home to multiple innovative research labs and clinics.

Prior to her time at Texas A&M, Hagan-Burke served on the faculties at the University of Georgia and the University of Oregon.