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Bill Henry, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Portrait of interim provost Bill Henry, Ph.D.


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Bill Henry completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychopathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. His doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between childhood conduct disorders and adult criminal activity. Henry joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at MSU Denver in 2004 and served as Chair of that Department from 2008-2011. He taught courses in the areas of statistics and research methodology, abnormal psychology, personality theory and the history of psychology. During this time, he shifted the focus of my scholarship to examine the relationship between animal cruelty and other forms of antisocial behavior.

In 2017, Henry was appointed Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, working under the supervision of Provost Vicki Golich. In that role, his primary responsibility was to oversee all aspects of faculty evaluation procedures, including retention, tenure, promotion and post-tenure review. In addition, he oversaw the restructuring of the Faculty Employment Handbook, including the development and implementation of a new, comprehensive progressive discipline system for managing faculty misconduct. In 2019, Henry was promoted to the role of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. This past year, he led an initiative to revise all our retention, tenure and promotion policies and procedures. While this initiative was put on hold this spring due to the COVID crisis, the University will pick up those revisions in the fall 2020 semester.

In spring 2020, considering the COVID crisis and the announced retirement of Provost Golich, President Davidson asked Henry to step into the role of Interim Provost; honored to be asked and I look forward to serving the institution in this position. Several major goals for the coming year include:

  1. Completing the revision of our RTP/PTR policies and procedures;

  2. Supporting proposed reorganization/restructuring in the College of Professional Studies (CPS)

    and the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (CLAS); and

  3. Overseeing national searches for the Dean of CPS and CLAS.

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