Faulkner University names Dennis Mitchell Henry new president

Current President Mike Williams steps down May 6

President-elect Mitch Henry speaks to the university following the announcement of his selection as Faulkner University’s ninth president. He begins the role in May.

Faulkner University has named Dennis Mitchell Henry as its ninth president in the institution’s 80-year history.

Henry, an associate professor, currently teaches law to undergraduate and graduate students at Faulkner. He has also taught dispute resolution as an adjunct law professor at Faulkner’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He also serves as a professor of practice in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Economics and Rural Sociology, teaching agriculture law.

Henry also is a practicing attorney and a founding member of Webster, Henry, Bradwell, Cohan, Speagle and DeShazo PC, where he specializes in insurance defense, business litigation, estate planning and agriculture law.

Current Faulkner President Mike Williams (left) passes the baton to incoming President Mitch Henry.

Faulkner began looking for a new president in late October 2021, when President Mike Williams announced he would be stepping down to start a new role as Harding University’s president in June. Williams’ last day as president at Faulkner is May 6.

“What does education look like at Faulkner University if developing moral character is the supreme end of education? We teach, we train, we launch and we support ministers. Not just preaching ministers, but ministers who are vocational ministers, who minister in their work,” said Henry. “First, at Faulkner, we encourage young people to identify careers where they can serve the greater good, where they can share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We develop young people looking for careers and encourage them in ways that are truly intangible, things you can’t teach in a book.”

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Henry will begin his new role in May.

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