Henry R. Broaddus is vice president for strategic initiatives and public affairs at William & Mary, where he gets to do creative things with smart people. He oversees the offices of economic development and business innovation, enrollment (admission and financial aid), government relations, sustainability and university communications. He also leads university-wide projects related to entrepreneurial opportunities and operational efficiencies.
Previously, Broaddus served as dean of admission and associate provost for enrollment, and from 2005 through 2014 he signed the admission letters for ten successive classes of William & Mary undergraduates. He has received multiple awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for admission-related communications, including a YouTube video he wrote about application essays. He also has written guest blog entries for The Washington Post about the college admission process.
Outside of higher education Broaddus has worked on multiple campaigns pertaining to environmental issues. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Scenic Rivers Advisory Board from 2003 through 2012, and he was a board member for the Virginia Conservation Network from 2006 through 2018. Recent efforts have been focused on accelerating the expansion of solar energy in Virginia.
Broaddus graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with departmental high honors in English literature and creative writing. He has been credited as a "top runner-up" in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest Book, and in 2019 he won Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars, a competition and fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Literacy for Life.
Broaddus lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Alison, and their two children, Bailey and Walt.