Dr. James Henderson became the 18th president of Northwestern State University on Jan. 1, 2015. He was chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College from 2009 to 2014 and a senior vice president for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System from 2005 to 2009. Henderson worked in the Louisiana Department of Labor from 2001 to 2005 after 10 years in hotel management.


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.



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