Meet Chicago State’s New Provost

By Eleana Elan
Chicago Defender Contributing Writer
Angela Henderson named provost and senior vice president at Chicago State
Angela Henderson received the CSU Student Government Association “CSU Women Rock” Award in 2014 the same year she that she was took office as Provost and Senior Vice President at Chicago State University after serving as the interim Provost. In 2012, she was named one of the Top 100 Under 50 Diversity Executive & Emerging Leaders by Diversity MBA Magazine. She received the “Phenomenal Women Educator Award” from the Black Women’s Expo in 2011, the 2009 CSU Woman of Distinction Award and the Provident Foundation’s 2004 “Emma Reynolds Award” for Excellence in Nursing. Yes, Angela Henderson rocks!
Henderson, joined the South Side college in 2011 as vice president of enrollment management and was appointed to the interim position in July 2013. She was selected to remain as provost and senior vice president after a search that considered several candidates, according to a CSU statement making her the university’s chief academic officer. As provost, Dr. Henderson provides oversight for academic and research programs within CSU’s 5 colleges. Management is not new to Dr. Henderson who served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at CSU.
“In order for CSU to grow and strengthen for the future, we need a team of professionals who can lead with both their head and heart, and I’m proud to say we have the right person at the right time in our new provost, Dr. Angela Henderson,” CSU President Wayne Watson said in a statement.
Henderson says, “I am excited about what we have achieved together and look forward to working with the entire university community to address the challenges that lie before us.”
Henderson, who earned a Ph.D. and master’s in nursing and an MBA at UIC, has over 25 years of higher education experience — including serving as dean, department chair and tenured professor, vice chancellor and vice president, according to her biography. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing at Loyola University.
As examples go she’s a perfect poster star for women, who face the glass ceiling and male domination in higher education leadership. She gained her 25 plus years of experience in higher education, having worked her way through the ranks as a tenured professor, department chair, dean, and eventually provost at one of the largest community college systems in the country. Her expertise in higher education includes leadership in academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, adult education, developmental education, research and planning, and continuing education.
Prior to her career as an academic administrator, Dr. Henderson worked in the field of nursing as a nurse manager. She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing, a Master of Science degree in Nursing, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loyola University. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS prevention measures for African American males.


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