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Donna Henry


Donna Henry, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Biology

Donna Price Henry is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). As College of Arts and Sciences Dean since summer 2005, Dean Henry has led the college during a period of exciting change and development. Overall student enrollment growth has been 20% in the last two years, with first time in college freshman enrollment growing from 1350 in 2005 to a 1850 (project) in 2007. Over fifty faculty have been recruited and hired to support this growth. The College is currently planning two new academic buildings; a Performing Arts Hall to house the Bower School of Music and the Theatre Program, and a new academic building to house new teaching, office and laboratory spaces. Dean Henry has a deep passion for teaching and for the role of Universities in building scientific literacy in society. In coming years, she is looking forward to building a college-wide community during these dynamic years of change.

Dean Henry joined FGCU in 1996 as a founding faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences and later developed the curriculum for the biology program and was a member of the faculty team who developed the innovative curriculum for the Interdisciplinary Core for all degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2004, Dean Henry became the founding director of FGCU’s Whitaker Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, whose mission includes fostering best practices in science and mathematics education through the use of innovative research tools, technologies, and pedagogical methods. Her accomplishments included development of the construction program for Whitaker Hall, the science, mathematics and technology building on campus.

As an educator, Dean Henry has taught a variety of science courses at both the general education and major levels, including Human Systems, Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology and Cell Biology. Henry has also taught interdisciplinary courses including: Connections, Colloquium, Foundations of Civic Engagement and Issues in Science and Technology. Henry’s research has focused on science education. She was also a co-investigator forProject LAUNCH, a three year program to provide High School teachers with development opportunities in science and mathematics education strategies.

Dean Henry is an active member of the American Association of Academic Deans and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists. She is a recent graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

Prior to FGCU, Dr. Henry was Chairman of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics and Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida for six years. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, earning her B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior in 1982 and her graduate work at Thomas Jefferson University earning her Ph.D. in Physiology in 1987.