Professor Clara Henry oversees Fashion Design, the largest enrolled program in the School of Design and Engineering. As director and chair, her responsibilities are wide-ranging and include departmental academic strategies, curriculum development, faculty management and development, and student advisement.
In addition, Professor Henry has developed successful study
abroad programs for fashion design students overseas and was
responsible for the donation of a state-of-the-art fashion design
CAD lab. During her tenure with Philadelphia University, the program
has grown and achieved international recognition. As a complement to
this growth, the annual fashion show — held at the prestigious
Academy of Music — attracts sold-out audiences each Spring.
With more than 25 years of apparel industry experience, Professor Henry has served as vice president of design and product development for apparel manufacturers, worked as a fashion designer and as a fashion writer. As an industry consultant, she has served in many capacities and has lent her expertise to major apparel companies and published specifications for apparel production. Recently, she advised the Royal Government of Thailand's Department of Export Promotion and developed a fashion design curriculum to enhance their global presence in the apparel industry.
A world traveler with a distinctly global perspective, Professor Henry is active in many organizations.