Sue Henderson

PhD, 2008


Sue Henderson has served as president of New Jersey City University (NJCU) since August 2012. In that capacity, she is responsible for advancing the mission of an exceptionally diverse institution that provides unparalleled opportunities and transformational experiences for its students. She works with a dynamic faculty and staff who challenge students to achieve scholarly excellence, professional competence, and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful careers and lives as productive global citizens. The university’s first female president states, “A president needs a vast number of skills to manage and lead an organization.” Henderson adds, “The strength of the (IHE) program is in the courses that span the breadth of areas a president needs to know, taught by faculty who have theoretical understandings of the field and with fellow students who are themselves leaders in their own institutions.”

In her previous position as chief operating officer at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), Dr. Henderson managed key priorities, including the completion of facilities projects, curriculum development, and a zero-based budgeting model. She spearheaded the strategic planning and implementation process, and created the Global Education Office as well as the Year of Programs, which was designed to engage faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community in programming and the study of selected countries.

Dr. Henderson is an experienced fundraiser having successfully cultivated and obtained funding from various corporate sources and alumni to support the higher-education mission of Queens College. She played a major role in the successful $100-million capital campaign. Dr. Henderson spearheaded the building of the College's first residence hall and was leading the next $150-million capital campaign when she was chosen to serve as president of NJCU.

At the national level, Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission on Education of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Commission for Internationalization and Global Engagement of the American Council on Education (ACE). Dr. Henderson was appointed to the Society for College and University Planners Academic Council and serves on the International Women’s Forum.

In New Jersey, Dr. Henderson was appointed to the Task Force on the Alignment of Higher Education Programs and Workforce Development, and co-chairs the Hudson County Alliance for Action. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and of the Board of Directors of NJEDge.net, a research and education network.

Dr. Henderson holds a doctorate in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University Of Georgia as well as undergraduate and master's degrees in math education from Georgia State University. She presents frequently at professional conferences nationwide and has published on effective teaching practices in the collegiate mathematics classroom, organizational change, and strategic planning. Dr. Henderson has received numerous awards for her work as an educator and administrator.