This archived article was written by: Tadd Mecham
Scott Henrie has been appointed as associate vice chancellor of liberal arts.
Henrie has worked at CEU since 1993, when he was employed as a part-time police officer. He continued in this position for six years before quitting in 1999. He was then asked by the head of the P.E. department to instruct a class teaching basic self defense, a class consisting mainly of women. This course taught women how to avoid situations that can put them into dangerous places. It was also used to teach them how to get out of dangerous situations. He taught these classes for three years.
In 2004, Henrie met with Steve Burge, who was the current chair of the criminal justice program, and was hired to teach the introduction to corrections class. He continued as an adjunct instructor until the end of 2005 when he took on a full-time position in the CEU criminal justice department.
Prior to CEU, Henrie worked in law enforcement. He expressed that working in corrections has helped him to better understand people and various points of view. He was regional administrator for region VI, where he supervised over 13 of the 29 counties on the Eastern side of Utah.
While in this position, he had eight offices and was in charge of 35 employees. Those under his supervision ranged from support staff to probation and parole officers and their supervisors. All probation and parole activity on this side of the state fell under Henrie’s direction.
His first thoughts on his new position were basically wonderment on where to start. This was quickly followed by the realization of how much he could learn about all of the programs and faculty members involved in the liberal arts division.
Henrie expressed his excitement for the merger between USU and CEU. He believes that it will not only continue the legacy that is CEU, but will give students attending more opportunities. He wants to help along the progress being made while USU-CEU continues to expand and go down its path to doing more great things.
He loves being in the classroom with students. Being a “people watcher,” examining people who are deciding what their motives and driving forces are has always been an entertaining past time for him. In his days of law enforcement, he loved interviewing inmates regarding what they had done and how they ended up where they are today.
He expects this to play part in what he will enjoy about his new job. He is looking forward to viewing the professors employed at this school and seeing how they strive to push students to do their best.
Henrie is a family man and loves spending time with his wife and family. He has a grandson that he loves devoting his time to. He has also acquired a passion for history, particularly for jails and prisons. Whenever he reads, he prefers to study them and their development.
His advice to the students of USU-CEU is to take advantage of the education offered here but not to limit what is taken away from here to education. “Your experiences here will help to further develop your character. What you do and the decisions you make will determine where you may go from here and what successes you may achieve. Lastly, remember these experiences and share them with others, because not only do we hope to touch your life, each of those who come here touch our lives too.”