Photo by Thomas Shea
CHARLES F. MCELHINNEY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
HENRY’S HARD WORK, COMMITMENT
EARN 2005 MCELHINNEY AWARD
When it comes to work ethic, Charles Henry, the
University of Houston’s College of Pharmacy business administrator,
is strictly old school.
Staying late on weekdays and working on weekends when necessary,
Henry does what it takes to get the job done. Such traits are just
a few of the reasons he was named the 2005 recipient of the Charles
F. McElhinney Distinguished Service Award.
“I’ve always been taught that a person needs to put
in a good day’s work to earn an honest day’s pay,”
Henry became a UH staff member in 1979. Impressed by the university,
he turned down two other jobs to become an accounting specialist
for the Division of Research. Later he served as a financial coordinator
for the College of Optometry. In 1985, he assumed his current position
of business administrator for the College of Pharmacy.
His responsibilities include making recommendations involving hiring
and terminating employees, salary increases, disciplinary actions
and budget management. Henry also reviews payroll and personnel
documents and oversees the college’s operations on campus
and at its facility in the Texas Medical Center. He was the key
figure in developing the college’s College Administrative
Policies and Procedures Manual. For 14 years, he served as the college’s
chair for the State Employee Charitable Campaign and has chaired
the college’s March of Dimes efforts.
“On a daily basis, he demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism,”
said Lynn Simpson, vice chair of the college’s Department
of Clinical Sciences and Administration and clinical assistant professor
of pharmacy. “Charles leads by example and serves as a role
model to staff.”
Henry’s dedication to UH also extends beyond the College of
Pharmacy. From 1998 through 2000, he served two consecutive terms
as Staff Council president and this fall will return to that post.
He also serves on the Transportation and Parking Committee. Previously,
Henry was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Status
of Women and was a founding member of the Staff Constituent Group
of the Campus Cougars Alumni Association.
“It’s always better to effect positive changes through
participation than it is through observation,” Henry said.
“I believe in doing my part to help make changes at UH that
will benefit everyone.”
This fall, Henry will celebrate his 26th anniversary as a UH staff
member. He doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. With
a challenging workload in the office and around the university,
Henry thrives on keeping busy, particularly if he knows the end
result benefits UH and the College of Pharmacy.
“I always hear people talking about retirement, but I’m
not about to take it easy,” Henry said. “I’m still
going strong and looking forward to another 10 or more years working
here because I’m committed to the university and my college.”
As the C.F. McElhinney Award recipient, Henry will receive a plaque
and a check for $2,500.