James Henderson

Northwestern State University
Geo Area
Region 7

Dr. James Henderson became president of Northwestern State University on Jan. 1, 2015. Henderson was chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College since 2009. In that time, BPCC grew enrollment by more than 84 percent and increased annual certificate and degree completions by 90 percent. From 2011-13, BPCC was among the five fastest growing community colleges in the nation with enrollments of between 5,000 and 9,999.

Under Henderson’s leadership, the college created market responsive programs in nursing, oil and gas technology, construction management, industrial technology and engineering.

Henderson was senior vice president, workforce and economic development/career & technical education for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System from 2005 to 2009. He served as appointing authority and chief executive officer of the LCTCS comprised of eight regional technical colleges serving more than 26,000 students. Under his leadership, the statewide technical college system with 42 individually accredited campuses was transitioned into eight regionally accredited technical colleges.

During Henderson’s tenure, LCTCS enrollment grew by 98 percent and helped obtain more than $65 million in grants, appropriations and private funding to enhance workforce development. In partnership with Louisiana Economic Development, Henderson helped create Louisiana FastStart, the nation’s top-ranked state workforce training program.

From 2001 to 2005, he was director of administration and director of workforce development for the Louisiana Department of Labor.

Henderson was in the private sector for 10 years in hotel management. He worked for Mississippi Management, Inc., Kemmons Wilson Companies and Ryco Management, playing a leadership role as each company achieved record growth in profitability.

A native of Shreveport, Henderson is a Northwestern State alumnus as is his wife Tonia. 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.

The Hendersons have three children, Reagan, Nicholas and Alexander.