subject: Charles J. Henry
CLIR Press Releases
For Immediate Release: November 3, 2006
Charles J. Henry Named CLIR President
WASHINGTON, D.C.The Board of the Council on Library
and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the appointment
of Charles J. Henry as CLIR’s next president. He will start early in 2007.
Mr. Henry is vice provost and university librarian at Rice
University, a position he has held since 1996. He is responsible
for library services and programs, including the Digital Library
Initiative and the Digital Media Center. He is also publisher
of Rice University Press, which has recently been reborn as
the nation’s first all-digital university press.
Mr. Henry is a trustee of the Digital Library Federation and
chair of the advisory committee for the Information Resource
Center at the International University of Bremen. He serves
on the advisory board of Stanford University Libraries and
on the ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities
and Social Sciences. He received a Fulbright senior scholar
grant for library sciences in New Zealand and a Fulbright award
for the study of medieval literature in Vienna, Austria. Mr.
Henry has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University.
“We are delighted that Chuck Henry has accepted our offer
to serve as CLIR’s next president,” said CLIR Board Chairman
Chuck Phelps. “His distinguished career encompasses work in
libraries, research, and publishing, a combination that maps
exactly to CLIR’s strategic future,” he added.
“The appointment as the next president of CLIR is the
highest honor of my professional career,” said Mr. Henry. “The
legacy of CLIR as an independent and critically important source
of research, insight, and inspiration to its constituent communities
is one I will work tirelessly to perpetuate and augment. CLIR
has a wonderful opportunity in the coming years to provide
guidance and leadership in an environment of profound change.
Through CLIR, in partnership with many professional societies
and agencies, a compelling future can be imagined and engendered.”
Mr. Henry succeeds Nancy Davenport, who stepped down June
30, and Susan Perry, who has served as interim president since
The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent,
nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management
of information for research, teaching, and learning. CLIR works
to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved,
as a public good.