Dr. Courtney D. McHenry leads WSU’s Office of Civil Rights, Title IX & ADA Compliance (CTAC) as the Associate Vice President, in addition to his role as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. He recently joined WSU after serving the City of Columbus, OH and Department of Public Safety as the EEO Compliance Officer and Assistant Safety Director. In this role, Dr. McHenry was as an advisor to the public safety director and was also responsible for overseeing Title VII programming, training, and education for the divisions of police, fire, and support services. In addition, Dr. McHenry often conducted joint investigations with the internal affairs bureau and the professional standards unit on matters that included allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or retaliation.

His experience working in higher education consists of time spent at institutions such as West Virginia University as a Title IX/Civil Rights Investigator & Program Coordinator; Florida State University as a Sr. Title IX Investigator; and after serving as the Assistant Director and Sr. Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access, Dr. McHenry was appointed Interim Title IX Coordinator and Director at Florida International University. Following his time in south Florida, he briefly returned to his alma mater and contributed to the development of Florida A&M University’s Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Title IX, and Labor Relations in the capacity of Acting Director & Title IX Coordinator.

Dr. McHenry graduated from Florida A&M University with dual degrees in Criminal Justice (concentration in Legal Studies) and Spanish, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, and a PhD in Ethical Leadership from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL. His research areas include adolescent peer-sexual harassment, Title IX programming, collaboration among diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) and institutional civil rights programs, and authentic and transformational leadership.

Dr. McHenry is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Phi Sigma –Criminal Justice Honor Society, and Kappa Gamma Pi – National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. In addition, Dr. McHenry holds nationally recognized certifications as a Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) and a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE). He previously held sensitive and secret government clearances during his time interning with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and soon thereafter, as a Special Investigator charged with conducting national security investigations on behalf of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. His hobbies include traveling, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new strategies to influence first-generation students like himself