For 125 years, Henderson State University has been the heart of the community in Arkadelphia. Not only are we the higher education destination throughout the state for students seeking college degrees, we also serve as a central resource for children, families and adults in the area who want to learn new skills, hobbies and knowledge.
But our community isn't limited to the city, county or state borders in which we operate. In fact, the Henderson community extends throughout this country and the world. Scientists, pilots, business leaders and other thought leaders and professionals travel to Arkadelphia to access the programs and services Henderson has available to them.
We want you to be a part of this community. In that spirit - the Reddie spirit - find out here just how broad the community of the school with a heart extends.
Programs and facilities
Henderson manages fixed-base operation for Arkadelphia Municipal Airport under contract with the city. The university offers flight instruction, rentals, pilot supplies and fuel services at this venue. In addition to three degree programs, Henderson also offers flight training for a private pilot’s license that does not require participants to be enrolled at the university.
Clark County Strategic Plan
The Clark County Strategic Plan (CCSP) is an initiative for Clark County, Arkansas, to address the future development of the area in the next 10 years. The initiative is sponsored by Henderson, Ouachita Baptist University, Joint Educational Consortium and the Ross Foundation.
Experience a new culture on Henderson’s annual China Trip. The 10-day trip, sponsored by Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, includes visits to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. The trip is designed to expose participants to some of the major cultural centers in China and give them a better understanding of the non-western part of our global community. For further information, contact the Office of the Dean of Ellis College at 870-230-5320.
Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in Henderson State University's Community Fair during Welcome Week each year. The event gives Henderson's incoming students a chance to get acquainted with Arkadelphia and surrounding areas. Participants can bring samples, coupons, information sheets and other similar items to give away at their tables. Items cannot be sold. The fair is held in the Garrison Center. To reserve a space, call 870-230-5228. Registration begins in mid-August.
Relay for Life
Henderson is a major sponsor of the annual Clark County Relay for Life. The all-night event, which takes place in the spring, is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Teams from all over the county gather at Henderson’s Carpenter-Haygood Stadium to walk the track, with the goal of having at least one team member on the track from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The event also includes games, concessions and performances open to the public. Highlights of this event include the cancer survivors’ celebration and the luminary ceremony, the lighting of candle memorials commemorating those who have has cancer.