Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Laurin L. Henry, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in government and higher education.
Delving into his profession due to an early interest in politics and formative commitment to public service, Dr. Henry attended DePauw University in his youth, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1942. Attending the University of Chicago soon thereafter, he obtained a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in 1948 and 1960, respectively, and received the L.D. White Prize from the Political Science Association for his doctoral dissertation the following year. Commencing his career as a staff assistant at the Public Administration Clearing House in 1950, Dr. Henry held this role he held for five years in both its Chicago and Washington. He subsequently served as a research associate and senior staff member at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, for nearly a decade before delving into academia as a professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from 1964 to 1978.
Dr. Henry became employed by Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978, where he served as dean of the School of Community and Public Affairs and professor until attaining emeritus status in 1987. Even after retirement, he continued to serve as a guest scholar at the University of Virginia from 1988 to 1995 as well as a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University. A frequent consultant to many government agencies, including the Bureau of the Budget, NASA, the GAO and the Federal Executive Institute, Dr. Henry is most renowned for his authoring of “Presidential Transitions” in 1960, which was the first systemic study of these critical periods in American government.
A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Dr. Henry also maintained affiliation with the Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration, where he served as former president. He has also been affiliated with the American Society of Public Administration, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. During his tenure, he was also a contributor and board member of the Inter-University Case Program, which produced pioneering materials for teaching in the realm of public administration. Impressively, he was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Politics, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. Married to the late Kathleen Jane Stephan, he has two children and one grandson. He enjoys reading, writing and farming in his spare time.
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