Reiff named Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel

December 04, 2008

Dr. Henry B. Reiff, who has served as Acting Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies since July 1, 2008, has been appointed Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, effective December 1.

Henry joined the faculty in 1989 and holds the rank of Professor of Education, with a specialization in Special Education. He began his administrative work as the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Special Education.  He was appointed Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs in 1994, becoming Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and then Dean of Student Academic Life. Most recently, Henry has played leadership roles in his advocacy for students with disabilities and in establishing service-learning at McDaniel and throughout Maryland.

He earned his A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University and M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of New Orleans. He has authored or co-authored four books and more than 40 articles, and his expertise on learning disabilities has been shared in over 100 presentations around the country. His newest book, “Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities,” is a comprehensive guide to help students with learning differences gain admission into competitive colleges and achieve academic success toward professional and lifelong goals. In 2000, he was the Maryland nominee for LDA Educator of the Year.

Outside the classroom, he is an accomplished musician, a New Orleans-style bassist who keeps the beat for Sangmele, an acoustic trio that includes Walt Michael ’68, founder of Common Ground on the Hill, and local vocalist Lea Gilmore. Henry’s educational and musical roots grounded in New Orleans soil drew him back to Louisiana in 2006 where he spent fall break aiding the recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina.

He also serves on several community boards including Interfaith Housing, the United Way of Central Maryland, and launched a mentoring program at the local Boys and Girls Club of Westminster where he is a member of the advisory board.