Leadership Team

Gary Henry

Gary Henry

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 in 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.

Henry’s research has been published 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 co-authored article, “The Effects of School Turnaround in Tennessee’s Achievement School District and Innovation Zones,” was awarded the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Most Outstanding Policy Report for 2017.

Henry is an AERA Fellow (2015) and the recipient of several awards and honors, including the American Society for Public Administration and the Center for Accountability and Performance’s Joseph S. Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award (2001) and the American Evaluation Association’s Outstanding Evaluation of the Year Award (1998). He is also named in the American Enterprise Institute’s Top 200 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.


Henry earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky before attaining a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.