Ruth Henry came to Lipscomb in 1992 as a teacher and employee wellness director. She attended Lipscomb from kindergarten through college, receiving a B.S. degree in 1974. She earned the M.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in 1992, and completed the Doctor of Arts degree at MTSU in August 2000 with the initial year of doctoral study at Vanderbilt University. Henry teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, specializing in Biostatistics and Applied Exercise Physiology. She is certified by American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and by the Yoga Alliance. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, SHAPE America, and Tennessee Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance where she served as newsletter editor for 20 years. She has served as a reviewer for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences, as a member of the wellness advisory board for Faith Family Medical Center, and as board member for Nashville Corporate Challenge. On campus, she serves as chair of the Academic Integrity Committee, and as a member of the Health Professions Advisory Committee and the General Education Council. At Lipscomb, Henry has been awarded Outstanding SALT Faculty, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Teacher, and the Baker Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was also named University Teacher of the Year Award by TAHPERD and received TAHPERD’s Honor Award. Henry's professional interests are applied exercise physiology and adult fitness, in which she has published papers and presented at regional and national conferences. Henry currently serves as Chair for the department of Kinesiology. She is married to Phil Henry, an elder at Hillsboro Church of Christ; as a couple, they serve as pre-marriage mentors to engaged couples. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Henry enjoys exercise, hiking, teaching, reading, and spending time with grandchildren.
B.S. Elementary Education, Lipscomb University (1974); M.S. Wellness and Fitness, Middle Tennessee State University (1992); D.A. Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University (2000)