The Strategic Planning Steering Committee presented its first draft of Henderson’s revised vision, mission, core values and strategic position to the campus community at a town hall meeting Dec. 3. Strategic priorities and goals were presented, including: enrollment growth, student life, and retention; academic program enhancement; faculty and staff quality of life; physical environment and infrastructure; expanding and diversity revenues; marketing and public relations. Dr. Sal Rinella of Penson Associates facilitated the meeting.
Henderson State has hired Shawn Jones as the university’s new director of athletics beginning in January. Henderson President Glen Jones made the announcement at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Jones comes to Henderson from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., where he has served 13 years in the athletics department. Most recently, Jones served as the senior associate athletic director for external operations.
“I am pleased to welcome Shawn, Melissa and their children to the Henderson family,” said President Jones. “Shawn is a recognized leader whose commitment to the development and success of student athletes, varied leadership experiences and character, will serve the university well immediately and in the future.”
A committee conducting the search for a new provost/vice president of academic affairs at Henderson State University has identified three finalists for the position. The candidates will visit the Henderson campus beginning next week for interviews and to meet the faculty, staff, students and community.
The finalists are:
• Dr. Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education at Boise State University.
• Dr. Patrick Hughes, associate vice provost for undergraduate and student affairs at Texas Tech University.
• Dr. Stephen Adkison, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Oregon University.
“I greatly appreciate the Provost Search Advisory Committee’s efforts in identifying these three strong candidates for campus interviews,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. “I encourage the campus community to join me and the committee in welcoming these outstanding individuals to campus next week.”
Henderson State University has named Christi Batts as director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives to help the university establish and maintain a physical presence in the Hot Springs area. Batts will manage the day-to-day operations of the site’s educational offerings, including on-site, blended, and web-based courses.
“Christi will be a tremendous addition to Henderson as we move toward a much greater presence in Hot Springs. She is well-known in the community and is in a perfect position to really help us get our four-year degree programs established in Hot Springs,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to have Christi as our director of Hot Springs Initiatives. She will begin as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ in that she will be responsible for helping with facility planning, marketing programs, recruiting students, and the general operation of Henderson’s Hot Springs location.”
Henderson President Glen Jones gives his address during Tuesday’s investiture ceremony in Arkansas Hall. The 17th president of Henderson said, “I will continue to work relentlessly to advance our vision… My commitment to this university is for the long-haul.” His address was entitled Daring to be Great: A Revival of the Reddie Spirit. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe also spoke. He was introduced by former Henderson president Dr. Charles Welch.
Henderson State University will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Glen Jones as the university’s 17th president with an investiture ceremony Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. in Arkansas Hall.
Investiture is defined as the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office,” and is often held early in a new president’s tenure. It is an ancient academic ceremony which has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages. Today, universities view investitures as an opportunity to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and delegates from universities throughout the state will join Henderson’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the university for the event, which is open to the public. A reception on the South Lawn will immediately follow the ceremony.
Jennifer Boyett of Conway will join Henderson State University as the new Vice President of University Advancement beginning Oct. 15. Boyett comes to Henderson from the University of Central Arkansas where she has served in the Advancement Division for more than 12 years. Most recently, she led the UCA development office as executive director of development.
“We are excited to welcome Jennifer and her family to Henderson as we work to strengthen our advancement efforts. Her breadth of administrative experience will serve the university well as we continue to galvanize the support of alumni and friends in support of Henderson,” said Henderson President Glen Jones.
The strategic planning process has begun at Henderson State. Faculty, staff and administration participated in a town hall meeting/workshop Tuesday afternoon led by Sal Rinella of Penson Associates, a research and consultation firm. After a presentation by Rinella, participants formed groups and worked together to establish priorities for Henderson. The planning process will continue this week with specific groups meeting with Rinella.
Henderson State President Glen Jones hosted a reception for new and recently-tenured faculty at the Newberry House Wednesday afternoon (above). He also visited with the campus community at a coffee he hosted last week in the Garrison Center (left).
Henderson State University President Glen Jones has appointed Bobby Jones to serve as interim director of athletics following the departure of Kale Gober, who accepted a job this month with the University of Arkansas. Jones will continue to serve as Henderson’s vice president for finance and administration.
“I am excited and look forward to having a great year in athletics at Henderson State,” Jones said. “With the great coaches and staff in our athletic department, that will not be hard to accomplish. I am honored to be able to work in this capacity until such time as a new athletic director is selected.”
Jones, a former Reddie football player, served as interim president at Henderson from April 22, 2011, to June 30, 2012. After he became controller for Henderson in 1989, Jones was appointed vice president for finance and administration in 1999. He holds a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting and an M.B.A., both from Henderson. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Jones was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Henderson ROTC department, and a four-year letterman on the Reddies football team. He retired from the United State Army Reserves in 1997 having attained the rank of colonel.
A search for a new athletic director is under way.
Following a nationwide search, Henderson State University has named Dr. Brenda Ponsford as dean of its School of Business. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2013. Ponsford is currently the chair of Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Marketing and the MBA director.
“We are truly excited to have Dr. Ponsford as a member of our senior administrative team,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. “Her experience, enthusiasm, vision, and leadership style are ideal as we strive to enhance the School of Business while meeting the needs of business and industry in our community and region.”
Ponsford will replace Dr. Louis Dawkins, interim dean, who played an integral role in Henderson’s School of Business achieving Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International reaffirmation in 2013. This accreditation is considered the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Henderson is one of only six percent of the business schools in the country to obtain the prestigious accreditation.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Brown Hardman of Arkadelphia to the Henderson State University Board of Trustees. Hardman, who graduated from Henderson in 1961 with a degree in psychology, is the principal broker and owner of United Country Hometown Realtors in Arkadelphia. He is also owner of Clark County Appraisal Co. and a financial advisor for Hardman and Associates. Hardman is married to Carolyn Hardman.
“I have been a Henderson Reddie since I was four years old,” said Hardman. “I consider it a great honor that I have the opportunity to serve on the Henderson Board of Trustees. I look forward to listening and utilizing my common sense in order to do my part to revitalize that old Reddie spirit.”
Board chairman Bill Wright said, “Brown has been active in the affairs of our community and has a love for Henderson, his alma mater. He will blend the knowledge he has of the needs of the community with the mission and work of the university.”
Hardman replaces Johnny Hudson on the board. His term expires in 2020.
Dr. Risa Dickson was introduced Tuesday, Jan. 15, as Henderson’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs. View Video
Henderson State University has named Dr. Risa Dickson as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Henderson President Glen Jones announced today following a nationwide search. Dickson, who is currently serving as associate provost for academic personnel at California State University, San Bernardino, will join Henderson on July 1, 2013. Dickson holds a Ph.D. in interpersonal/organizational communication and has more than 20 years of experience as an administrator and faculty member.
“Dr. Dickson brings a wealth of diverse experiences in higher education as a professor, department chair, associate dean, executive associate to the president and associate provost,” said Jones. “Dr. Dickson’s approach to academic program development, enrollment management, student retention and strategic planning will serve Henderson extremely well. She is a very accomplished administrator and we are excited to have such an innovative academic leader join the HSU family.”