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Dr. James L. Henderson
A native Mississippian and the fifteenth child of 16 children, Dr. James L. Henderson learned collaboration, tact, and diplomacy at home. He credits his family for his educational success as he was the first of his siblings to receive a post-secondary education. Henderson has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Jackson State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Queens, New York’s St. John’s University.
Henderson is creative, energetic, strategic, and effective. He has dedicated the last 27 years (20 of which served as a senior-cabinet member) to level the playing field for all children, teachers, parents, and communities. Dr. Henderson is profoundly committed to ensuring the benefits of education encompass all students, with a special focus on addressing circumstances that under-serve students of color and students from low-income families. He pursues this work by informing, influencing, and inspiring, developing, and empowering educators, leaders, students, parents, and community members to understand the benefits of diversity and inclusion in all areas of learning communities.
He most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools of the Holmes County Consolidated School District. Henderson’s previous experience includes serving as an Associate Superintendent for academic support (St. Louis, Missouri City Schools); Chief of Staff/Deputy Superintendent (Normandy School District, St. Louis, MO); Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources/Technology (Normandy SD, St. Louis, MO); Chief Human Resources Officer (Cedar Hill ISD, Dallas, TX); District (area) Superintendent (Houston ISD, Houston, TX); and Executive Director for Human Resources (Yonkers City Schools, Yonkers, NY).
Dr. Henderson has demonstrated skills in human resource management, fiscal management, public relations, curriculum and instruction, technology management, facility management, and school/community partnerships. He expresses his belief in the potential of children and his aspirations for school improvement by inspiring those around him to THINK BIG, to strategize for success, and to execute with excellence. His platform of personal ethics and growth reveals itself with his encouragement and motivation of staff to fulfill their potential, through professional development and continuing educational offerings, to improve the lives of children. Henderson has worked in several districts, serving student populations ranging from 3,100 to 210,000 in urban, suburban, and rural environments.
Some of Henderson’s other professional accolades and accomplishments include: being recognized as Teacher-of-the-Year for the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators, HISD’s Hamilton Middle School Teacher-of-the-Year, Houston Independent School District’s Teacher-of- the-Year Finalist, and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus Outstanding Texan Award in Education. Most recently, Henderson was selected among hundreds of applicants for the renowned American Association of School Administrators (AASA) / Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy—a year-long superintendent preparation program. Dr. Henderson received professional education from the Leadership Institute for School Superintendents at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is also a life-long member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated service organization.