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.”