Douglas V. Henry, Ph.D., associate dean and associate professor of philosophy in Baylor University’s Honors College, has been appointed interim Honors College dean, effective July 1. The appointment was announced today by Gary C. Mortenson, D.M.A., acting vice provost of administration and dean of the School of Music, and Gary Carini, Ph.D., vice provost of graduate professional education and professor of management.
Dr. Henry has served as associate dean of the Honors College since 2012, with responsibilities for academic administration, enrollment management and scholarships, and as interim dean during the fall 2018 semester. He will succeed longtime Dean Thomas S. Hibbs, who will become president of the University of Dallas on July 1.
Dr. Henry received his B.A. in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. In 2001, he joined the Baylor faculty, serving as associate director and later director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning. He served six years as faculty steward of Brooks Residential College, providing comprehensive leadership to residents as a live-in faculty member, along with his wife, Michele L. Henry, Ph.D., professor of choral music education and director of the music education division in the Baylor School of Music, and son, Zachary. He also directs the Baylor in Turkey and Greece summer study abroad program and serves as a mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program.
Dr. Henry’s scholarly work has addressed such varied writers as Plato, Boethius, John Bunyan, Iris Murdoch, Walker Percy, John Paul II and Benedict XVI and diverse topics, including allegory, divine hiddenness, doubt, freedom, hope and love. He also has great interest in church-related higher education and has co-edited three books on the subject: Faithful Learning and the Christian Scholarly Vocation, Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community and The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education.
The search process for the next Honors College dean will be announced following the arrival of Baylor’s new Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., in May.
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