William E. Henry’s fervor as a social justice advocate can be traced back to his days as a student activist. He currently serves as chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center New York Support Group, a 501(c) 3 community-based organization founded by Mrs. Coretta Scott King in 1979. In addition, Mr. Henry was a Trustee for the Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers of New York for almost 25 years. For eight of those years, he was a member of the 115-year-old nonprofit agency’s Executive Committee, which was responsible for overseeing the daily implementation of board policies and making sure that the board formulated and maintained good governance practices. Mr. Henry has been a lector at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo / Resurrection Chapel in Harlem, New York for many years and is a member of its New Media Ministry.
With over 40 years’ experience, as a veteran IT / telecommunications professional, his career highlights include 14 years at AT&T, taking on positions of increasing responsibility within the engineering, operations, sales and marketing departments. As Director of Corporate Telecommunications at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, he was responsible for formulating strategies for all the company's voice, data, video and image applications, systems, services and networking capabilities in 135 countries. He also held the position of Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at DCC Systems.
A former military officer, Mr. Henry was educated at New York University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been both a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute's Graduate School of Architecture since 1995 and a guest lecturer on information technology at NYU's Stern School of Business.