New U-M housing director selected
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan Division of Student Affairs announced today (March 17) the selection of Carole Henry as director of University housing and assistant vice president for student affairs, pending formal approval by the U-M Board of Regents.
Henry's selection follows an extensive national search. She is scheduled to begin her duties June 1.
“Out of several outstanding candidates, Ms. Henry excelled as one whose abilities most accurately reflect the values of the University and the needs of the Division of Student Affairs,” said E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs. “I am truly excited about the skills and knowledge she will contribute to the U-M community. She is the right person for Michigan. I feel confident she can help us reach our desired goals.”
Henry currently holds the title of executive director for housing and food services at the University of Connecticut. Over a four-year period, Henry provided leadership for an initiative allocating $1 billion for updating campus infrastructure, and completing new construction and renovation projects. New construction resulted in 3,500 additional bed spaces and two new dining centers, making Connecticut's residence hall system one of the largest in the nation.
Prior to Connecticut, Henry served as director of housing and residence life at West Virginia University, director of residential life and dining services at Keene State College and interim vice president for student affairs at Keene. Henry has also served as a hall director at Marquette University and graduate resident counselor at Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and a master of science in college counseling/student personnel, both from Shippensburg State College. She also holds a certificate in higher education resource services from Wellesley College and is progressing toward a doctorate in education in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
As U-M's new director of housing and assistant vice president for student affairs, Henry will oversee the sixth largest campus housing system and third largest family housing operation in the United States. With an annual operating budget of more than $87 million, the unit operates 16 residence halls with more than 9,500 student spaces and 10 dining rooms annually serving 2.5 million meals. Five family housing complexes accommodate more than 3,700 students, faculty, and staff with accompanying spouses, same-sex domestic partners, and children, representing all 50 states and more than 80 countries.
Operating a comprehensive housing security with 32 full-time security officers, housing has more than 800 full-time employees with an aggregate annual salary of nearly $39 million, and another roughly 1,700 part-time student employees with total annual wages of $5.2 million. Direct reports include two senior associate directors, housing capital planner, director of business and finance and manager of the Residential Life Initiatives Project.
“Saying that Ms. Henry is a seasoned housing professional is an understatement,” said Vicky Triponey, former vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Connecticut and now vice president for student affairs at Pennsylvania State University. “Not only is she one of the brightest and most talented individuals I have ever encountered, she is also one of the most effective higher education administrators I have had the pleasure of working with after more than 25 years in the field.”
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