Gary T. Henry
CEHD Dean and Professor
Gary T. Henry is dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development and professor in the School of Education and the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration.
A respected researcher in the field of education, Henry specializes in education policy, educational evaluation, educator labor markets, and quantitative research methods. He has received over $29 million dollars of sponsored research funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation, National Institute for Early Childhood Research, Walton Family Foundation, John and Laura Arnold Foundation, and numerous state legislatures, governors’ offices and agencies.
Prior to joining UD in August 2019, Henry was the Patricia and H. Rodes Hart Chair and Professor of Public Policy and Education and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organization at Vanderbilt University.
He previously held the Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Distinguished Professorship of Public Policy in the Department of Public Policy and directed the Carolina Institute for Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Henry earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky before attaining a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
Henry has published extensively in top journals such as Science, Educational Researcher, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Teacher Education, Education Finance and Policy, and Evaluation Review.
His most recent book, Evaluation: A Systematic Approach, 8th edition by Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, and Gary T. Henry was published by SAGE Publications in 2018.
Awards and Recognition
Dean Henry’s coauthored article, “The Effects of School Turnaround in Tennessee’s Achievement School District and Innovation Zones,” was awarded the American Educational Research Association’s Most Outstanding Policy Report for 2017.
In 2015, Henry was named an American Educational Research Association Fellow. He received the Joseph S. Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award in 2001 from the American Society for Public Administration and the Center for Accountability and Performance along with Steve Harkreader. And in 1998 he received the Outstanding Evaluation of the Year Award from the American Evaluation Association for his work with Georgia’s Council for School Performance.
He has also been named in the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Top 200 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, placing 81st in the nation.