Manchester University has named its education department for alumnus Harry H. Henney and his wife, Jeanette, both of whom worked for many years in East Allen County Schools.
The named department is a gift from Dr. Jane Henney, the couple's daughter, a Manchester alumna, and her husband, Dr. Robert Graham, the university said in a statement.
It said the endowment for the department began several years ago as a gift to sponsor a yearly lecture at the university; Henney and Graham also have donated to enable naming the biology department after Emerson and Evelyn Niswander.
Professor Heather Schilling, education department chair and director of the Teacher Education Program at Manchester, called the new gift "a game changer" that "is exponentially increasing the impact of our program."
Among the ways she said the gift could be used:
- As a fellowship for a current classroom teacher who would consult with the department on its curriculum as well as teach a methods course;
- To offer students more focused clinical experiences, such as for field trips or extended stays;
- To allow the department to collaborate creatively with exemplary classrooms, enhancing authentic learning experiences for those students and for Manchester undergraduates;
- For research, off-campus study, trauma-informed teaching, methods and practice of progressive education and exploration of ethics, social justice and civil rights in education.
Henney's "vision and belief in the work we do empowers education majors, and her gift allows our program to consider opportunities we could not previously afford," Schilling said.
"We have the opportunity to lift up a profession -- teaching and educating -- that fulfills Manchester's mission of graduating persons of ability and conviction who improve the human condition," university President Dave McFadden said.
Harry Henney was an educator, primarily at Woodburn and later at Woodlan High School. Jeanette Henney was a professional secretary for many years in EACS.
Their daughter was the first woman to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.