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, 2013. As the College’s eighth Chancellor, she is responsible for leading UVa-Wise and its constituents in fulfilling its mission of student success and service to Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth.
Under Chancellor Henry’s leadership, UVa-Wise is realizing its vision for the future through the implementation of its strategic plan, Envisioning 2020. Accomplishments include recruiting and retaining faculty through more competitive salaries; securing and filling endowed professorships; establishing a success coaching model to improve freshmen retention; partnering with UVA on a joint admissions program for wait-listed students; targeting financial aid to attract talented students with diverse interests; expanding students’ experiential learning opportunities such as research fellowships and study abroad; enhancing STEM-H opportunities through the launch of an Early College Academy; increasing resources and summer enrichment programming; creating and maintaining an interactive website and award-winning recruitment materials; fundraising to support numerous college initiatives; NCAA Division II athletics; securing multi-million dollar projects to support economic development in the region; and initiating plans for the first online and graduate degree programs at the College in nursing and teaching; respectively.
Chancellor Henry is active in the community and Commonwealth. She serves on the Wise County Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, American Council on Education (ACE), LEAD Virginia, GO Virginia and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)–Appalachia Initiative. She is a member of the Wise and Norton Kiwanis. She provides leadership to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the Southwest Virginia Health Authority Executive Committee, and Mountain East Conference for athletics. Chancellor Henry is the Chair-elect for the Council of Presidents who serve Virginia public colleges and universities.
A biologist with extensive experience in higher education, Chancellor Henry spent 16 years in a variety of positions at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was a founding faculty member at FGCU, was faculty senate president, and served as a member of the University Board of Trustees. Ms. 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.
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 Thomas Jefferson University. Chancellor Henry is a professor of biology on the UVa-Wise faculty.
Ms. Henry is married to Mr. Allen Henry, a pilot for Federal Express. The Henrys have twin daughters, Jessie and Margaret, recent graduates of Central High School in Wise, VA and currently attend universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.