PhilaU Appoints Henry Humphreys, Ph.D., as Dean of Students


Henry Humphreys, Ph.D., has been named PhilaU’s dean of students.

Henry Humphreys, Ph.D., a veteran leader in collegiate student life, has been named Philadelphia University’s dean of students, effective Aug. 1, 2016.

Most recently, Humphreys served as senior associate dean of students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His 25 years of experience also includes serving in top residence life positions at Boston College, St. John’s University and Fairfield University.

“Dr. Humphreys comes to PhilaU with a diverse professional experience and in-depth knowledge of a wide range of student life issues, as well as a demonstrated excitement for the future of Philadelphia University and supporting our student body,” said PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. “He will be a great asset during the integration with Thomas Jefferson University, and we are excited to have him join the Philadelphia University family.”

Humphreys will succeed Mark Govoni, who will retire from PhilaU June 30 after nine years as dean of students. During his tenure, Govoni has played a vital role in the University’s growth, Spinelli said. Govoni served as Title IX coordinator, strongly supported the University’s student retention efforts, brought faculty together in co-curricular activities to fulfill PhilaU’s Nexus Learning educational philosophy and improved residence life opportunities for students.

“Dean Govoni has been a staunch student advocate, and our students have deeply respected and admired him for his visible role in student affairs,” Spinelli said.

PhilaU’s dean of students oversees a broad range of student-centered services and development programs, including student activities, counseling, career planning and placement, residential life, student discipline and services for students with special needs. The dean is responsible for oversight and coordination of the University’s Title IX compliance efforts and works closely with other campus leaders on student retention, academic success, spiritual development, campus life and student wellness issues.

At MIT, Humphreys helped develop services to improve the stress management, mental health and physical well-being for students, implemented an organizational restructuring to establish cross‐collaborative partnerships and develop student‐centered services and implemented gender-inclusive student housing. He has experience working on Title IX cases, overseeing first-year student experience programs, managing crisis response in residential communities and developing programs and services for student-athletes.

Humphreys earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, M.A. in educational administration from Columbia University’s Teachers College and B.S. in elementary/special education from Green Mountain College in Vermont.

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