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James Henderson

Dr. James Henderson

ULL System President

Dr. James Henderson became the University of Louisiana System president Jan. 1, 2017.

During his first year in office, he led the Universities of Louisiana in the creation of a strategic framework that charges our universities to produce the most educated generation in Louisiana’s history, drive growth through public/private partnerships and research, while recruiting, retaining, and developing the world class faculty who educate our students, empower our employers, and enrich our communities.

Prior to this role, he served for two years as president of his alma mater, Northwestern State University and spent six years as chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College. His career in higher education began by advancing workforce and economic development efforts in Louisiana through the community and technical college system and the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Prior to public service, he spent a decade working in hotel management.

He is a native of Shreveport and his wife Tonia is a fellow Northwestern State alumna. Last year he was inducted into Long Purple Line, Northwestern State’s hall of distinction. He earned a Master of Science in Administration from the University of West Florida and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland-University College. He also completed the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Hendersons have three children, Reagan who is a graduate student at the University of Dallas, Nicholas who attends UL Lafayette, and Alexander who starts high school in August.