Henry J. Durand Jr. ’70
B.A., Denison University
M.A., Xavier University
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Citation awarded June, 1996
Henry Durand devotes his career to teaching and research that focuses on social issues and problems, applied social research, and evaluation of social programs. He is Executive Director of the Center for Academic Development Services (CADS) of the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Center offers programs that provide equal educational access for disadvantaged and handicapped students as well as educational assistance to low-income and/or first-generation college students.
Formerly an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northern Kentucky University, Henry is currently a member of the Graduate Faculty of SUNY Buffalo. He teaches in the School of Education, and he serves as a Senior Research Associate for the graduate program of the SUNY’s Center for Urban Studies.
Henry holds the Master’s degree from Xavier University and the Doctorate in Education from the University of Cincinnati. Among his major accomplishments is the development of comprehensive programs combining psychology, education, and self-defense techniques for staff in various types of institutions to use for crisis management and conflict intervention.
He serves as President of the Council of Educational Opportunity Program Directors, the professional organization representing forty-eight such programs in the State University of New York system. Henry has received the SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Staff Service. He has been selected Outstanding Young Man of America and has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Black America.
As a student at Denison, Henry was co-founder and first President of Denison’s Black Student union, as well as a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and a four-year starter on the varsity football team. He helped establish the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award at Denison, and later the Denison Black Alumni Association.