Dr. Holger Henke appointed new Director, SALISES at The UWI Mona Campus

by March 17, 2023

Photo Caption: Dr. Holger Henke, new Director at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Holger Henke as its new Director, effective February 6, 2023.

Dr. Henke holds an MA in Political Science, with a double minor in Modern German Literature and Communications Sciences which he earned from the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. His PhD in Government was completed at The UWI, Mona, under the guidance of Dr. Jessica Byron and the late Dr. Herb Addo.

In 2014, Dr. Henke completed a course of study at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at Harvard University. The previous year, he earned a Fulbright US-UK International Education Administrators Award. In 2010, he was bestowed a Certificate of Honorary Jamaican Citizenship by the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York for “outstanding contribution and exemplary service to the Caribbean American and wider community of New York”, having served the Caribbean Studies Association in the leadership roles of Vice-President, President and Immediate Past President. He also completed a fellowship with the prestigious Salzburg Global Seminar in 1996.

Working in the United States, Dr. Henke was first affiliated with the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College (CUNY). He then accepted a full-time faculty position in the Human Services programme at Metropolitan College of New York, and subsequently transitioned to senior academic administration in the role of Assistant Provost of York College (CUNY). Dr. Henke then served as Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs & Provost at Wenzhou-Kean University in China.

During his tenure at Wenzhou-Kean University (2014-2018), its student body grew from 850 to 1,950 and the number of full-time faculty grew and from 46 to 96. The establishment and staffing of several new key offices (e.g., Associate Deans for Business and Liberal Arts; Registrar; Center for Curriculum Scheduling and Planning; Graphic Design studio and iMac lab; biology and physics labs; MakerSpace; Language Learning Lab; Office for Research and Sponsored Programs; Counseling Office), the start of new academic programmes (Applied Mathematics; Psychology; Graphic Design/Interactive Advertising; Management/Entrepreneurship option and Supply Chain and Information Management option; Architectural Studies), and the implementation of other academic support structures and co-curricular initiatives (e.g., scholarship reward programme; Student Research Day; Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series; Global Lecture Series) marked the significant administrative, programmatic, and teaching and research infrastructure and capacity-building accomplishments of the university during that period.

In his capacity as Director SALISES, Mona, Dr. Henke is responsible for supporting the advancement of the Institute’s mission “to influence academic, public and policy debates by undertaking research and graduate teaching from a Caribbean perspective within a multi-disciplinary, small-country and comparative context”.

The SALISES family and wider UWI community warmly welcome Dr. Henke and wish him success in his new role.