Donna Price Henry was elected Chancellor of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors on December 7, 2012 and assumed office on January 18, 2012. As the College’s eighth Chancellor, Ms. Henry is responsible for leading UVa-Wise and its constituents in fulfilling its mission of student success and service to Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She reports to University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan.
Chancellor Henry, a biologist with extensive experience in higher education, spent the last 16 years in a variety of positions at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her experience included serving as a founding faculty member at FGCU, as elected Faculty Senate president and as a member of the University Board of Trustees for a two-year period.
From 2005 until her arrival in Wise, Henry served as dean of the FGCU College of Arts and Sciences, an assignment that demanded meticulous strategic planning and leadership that allowed the College to grow rapidly while continuing to improve academic quality. Henry has superior experience in strategic planning, institutional advancement, curricular development, building STEM-H programming, shared governance, capital construction, community partnerships and more. Henry’s time at Florida Gulf Coast also included creation of a College Governance Team that provided faculty with a strong role in college governance.
Chancellor Henry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also minored in Spanish. She earned a Doctorate in Physiology from the Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia.
Her positions at FGCU included: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; professor of biology; and director of the Whitaker Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Previously, she served in several administrative and instructional roles at St. Thomas University, including: Chair of the Physical Sciences and Mathematics Department; Study Abroad Program Director; associate professor of biology; and acting chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Henry received the Individual Faculty Service Excellence Award at FGCU in 2004-05, and in 1994-95 was elected by the undergraduate student body as Professor of the Year at St. Thomas University. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Edison and Ford Winter Estate in Fort Myers, as well as the Board of Directors for Florida Foundation for Future Scientists.
Henry is married to Allen Henry, a pilot for Federal Express. The Henrys have twin daughters, Jessie and Margaret.