Henderson State University

Henderson State University

Henderson State University (HSU) is a public university in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Founded in 1890 as Arkadelphia Methodist College,[6] it is Arkansas’s only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Henderson has an undergraduate enrollment of around 3,000 students. The campus is located on 156 acres (0.63 km2).

Glendell Jones Jr. was named Henderson State University’s 17th president on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, and officially assumed presidential duties on July 1, 2012. Jones’s tenure as president was rocked by a series of scandals and bad publicity, and he and his senior leadership were twice the subjects of no-confidence votes by the faculty. When the true scope of the university’s budget crisis became public in July 2019, he was asked to resign. He currently serves as an assistant to the president of Georgetown University.

Jones—as well as several other currents and former administrators, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees—were called to testify before the Arkansas legislature in 2020 as part of the state’s effort to understand the university’s staggering financial collapse.

Following Jones’ resignation, then-general counsel Elaine Kneebone was named acting president.

She was replaced by (Interim) President/Chancellor Jim Borsig, who resigned in early 2021 citing health concerns. Chuck Ambrose was hired in November 2021 as the first permanent head of the institution in over two years.

In January 2022, the university, facing over $12 million in debt, declared financial exigency and announced plans to begin cuts to personnel and programs in an effort to “right-size” the university and avert the university closure.

On October 24, 2019, the Henderson State Board of Trustees voted unanimously to join the Arkansas State University System based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Contact details

Address: 1100 Henderson St, Arkadelphia, AR 71999, United States

Phone: +1 870-230-5000