President Henry was hired for the position in December. Forty-three applications and 10 nominations were reviewed by a 15-member search committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, and the Student Government Association president.
It’s been “bittersweet” moving into his new office, as he’s slowly had to let go of his duties as a judge, Henry said. He stepped away from a lifetime appointment on the federal branch made by former president Bill Clinton to serve OCU.
Though Henry wouldn’t be able to call up President Obama and automatically assume his position as judge again after serving OCU, he said it probably wouldn’t be of his desire.
“But if the Supreme Court were to call me up, I might think about it,” he said.
Henry said he has an eventful first day. He plans to respond to e-mails, appear at a press conference at Devon Boathouse of OCU rowing, attend a meeting, and tend to the university’s new vegetable garden, Henry said.
The new president said he also plans to become acquainted with the university’s computer system this week.
“Computers are like Doberman dogs,” he said. “They can sense fear.”
Henry said it takes him a while to tackle new technology and he’s a bit hesitant to operate the system.