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McHenry Takes Interim Provost Post for Polytechnic Campus

May 04, 2006
MESA, Ariz. — Arizona State University announces the appointment of Albert McHenry as interim vice president of ASU and provost for the Polytechnic campus, effective July 1. McHenry will replace Gerald Jakubowski who was named president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in March.

McHenry has been dean of the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU since 1997. A major component of his university life has been focused on the building of access and academic success for students through a $9,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program.

During his tenure as dean, enrollment in the college has increased nearly 55 percent. His college has grown from four academic units to six, with the implementation of a new engineering department and a computing studies division. As part of the campus's five-year plan, he is leading the transformation of the college and bringing together all of the engineering, technology and science programs offered at the Polytechnic campus under the proposed College of Technology and Innovation.

He deeply believes in the Polytechnic mission, said Milton Glick, executive vice president and provost of the university. "Al was a founding dean at the Polytechnic campus and with former Provost Chuck Backus was a critical player in the creation of the campus. The president and I are confident that Al's leadership, broad institutional background and community involvement will serve the campus well in continuing the progress achieved by Provost Jerry Jakubowski."

As interim provost, McHenry will have the full responsibilities of the vice president and provost for the campus until a permanent replacement is named.

"I plan to continue to execute the vision of President Crow in building the campus as outlined in the five-year plan that is currently being implemented," said McHenry. "My goal is to move the new programs and facilities forward and involve the Mesa community with the campus and its development plans."

An interim dean for the college to fill in for McHenry will be named shortly.


McHenry has spent 30 years with ASU, where he has held administrative and professor positions. Prior to being named dean of the college, he was the director of the School of Technology at ASU for three years, and chair of the Department of Electronics and Engineering Technology for 11 years.

He has held memberships in the American Society for Engineering Education and has received numerous society awards. McHenry currently serves as Vice President for Public Affairs and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society. McHenry was also awarded the membership rank of Fellow at the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference. In 2004, McHenry was recognized as Mesa's Man of the Year for his commitment to the community. In 2002, he received the James H. McGraw Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for his contributions to engineering technology, and in 1995 was awarded the Frederick J. Berger Award from ASEE for major contributions to the advancement of engineering technology education.

McHenry has been involved with ASEE on a professional basis, serving as the chair of the Engineering Technology Council and as a member of the 1997-98 board of directors.

He received his Ph.D. in education and master's degree in technology from Arizona State University and his bachelor's degree in industrial education from Southern University.