Henry H. Leitner, Ph.d.


As Associate Dean and Chief Innovation Officer for the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at Harvard University, I provide vision and leadership in the development and implementation of technology-based initiatives that serve both the administrative and academic areas, including online teaching and learning.  I have oversight responsibility for dozens of IT staff and hundreds of servers, a first-rate computing lab, as well as a growing collection of Harvard Extension School and Summer School technology courses that collectively enroll thousands of students annually.

I direct the Master’s of Liberal Arts in Information Technology degree (the ALM in IT)  at the Harvard Extension School, a graduate program of study in which adult learners are exposed to modern software engineering methodologies, theoretical and formal areas of computer science,  advanced topics in cryptography, nanoscale science, digital media arts and sciences and enterprise computing, as well as the latest trends in IT management. 

Since 1986 I have been a Senior Lecturer on Computer Science for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, where I have taught a number of large introductory courses.


Professional Overview


I have 3 wonderful and talented daughters.  From left to right: Sofia, Liliana, and Monica. 

I met the love of my life, Catalina Laserna, while we were graduate students at Harvard many years ago.  Catalina was a Senior Fellow at HarvardX and is currently a Lecturer on Anthropology at Harvard.

I have been known to play baseball in a local summer league, as well as engage in full-court basketball most Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.