NEFE Welcomes New Director of Education

Hensley Brings His Impressive Past in Education Research to the Table

Date: June 28, 2010

Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

DENVER—Billy J. Hensley, Ph.D., joins the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) as its new director of education.

"Dr. Hensley’s education background and nonprofit experience matches NEFE’s mission and will lend an exceptional perspective to our grants, research and education initiatives," says Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE. "We’re fortunate to have him on board."

Billy J. Hensley, Ph.D.

 NEFE Director of Education

Hensley will lead the organization’s grants and research program, which includes administering grants that facilitate behavioral research, and convening think tanks and colloquia that promote advances in the field. He also will contribute to NEFE’s wide-ranging education initiatives such as K-12 teacher training. Hensley has spent the past decade in the higher education arena teaching, directing admissions programs, researching college learning environments and leading nonprofit education initiatives.

"I’ve always been drawn to activities—projects, initiatives and missions—that are broad in scope, but also are meaningful to individuals," says Hensley. "I saw the potential with NEFE not only to touch the world of financial education, but also to have meaningful interaction and influence in people’s lives."

In 2009, Hensley graduated from the University of Cincinnati with the Outstanding Doctoral Student in Educational Studies award. For his focus on social and cultural foundations of education, Hensley completed a dissertation–Seeking Safe Spaces: The Impact of Campus Climate on College Choice–which has been nominated for the school’s annual Garvin Dissertation Award. While at the University of Cincinnati, Hensley served as a Gabbard research fellow in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH). Through his fellowship, Hensley helped develop a multi-university, grant-funded initiative called the Southwest Ohio Secondary Teaching Academy, which recruited underserved students toward teaching disciplines. The academy recognized Hensley with its Exemplary Service Award in 2007 and 2008.

From 2003 to 2006, Hensley focused on nonprofit work in Cincinnati as a program associate at KnowledgeWorks® Foundation and assistant director of the Ohio College Access Network. There, Hensley advocated for education access for Ohio’s underserved and adult populations through statewide, urban and rural college access initiatives. Hensley also managed grants programs and participated on numerous government policy committees related to college and career access goals. From 2002 to 2003, Hensley served as assistant director of admission at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. There, he implemented the school’s recruitment campaign, worked with potential students and enhanced the school’s guidance counselor program. From 1999 to 2002, Hensley managed campaigns and student development as an admission counselor and campaign coordinator at Union College in Barbourville, Ky. Hensley also earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology and Master of Arts in education from Union College.

At NEFE, Hensley looks forward to continuing the organization’s legacy of excellence in behavioral research and contributing to new teacher training and financial education initiatives.

"The research NEFE has originated over the years has shown the impact we have with the interpersonal relationships of other people," says Hensley. "It’s not just about tasks, lists or documents people need to follow. It’s truly about understanding human nature, human behavior and what motivates that."



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