Chancellor Search

Arkansas State University System Invites Nominations and Applications for Chancellor of Henderson State University

Nominations and applications are now being sought for the position of chancellor of Henderson State University. The institution will function as a stand-alone university within the ASU System, which includes six other higher education institutions. The chancellor will function as the chief executive officer of the institution and will report directly to the Arkansas State University System President. 

The institution seeks a visionary, inclusive, decisive, creative, courageous, and progressive leader to further strengthen and develop the institution. The successful candidate will have the character and integrity that are deserving of the public trust, and a demonstrable commitment to the ideals of excellence and diversity, and a successful track record working in an environment of strong shared governance. An earned doctorate or recognized terminal degree, a minimum of five years of executive leadership experience with progressively increasing responsibilities and a demonstrated record of innovation and success, and a strong track record of fiscal management are preferred.

Founded as a private institution in 1890, Henderson State University has a strong liberal arts heritage with more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs, earning the university its status as Arkansas’s public liberal arts university. The university encourages scholarly and creative activities in a caring, personal atmosphere that reflects the university’s motto for more than a century, “The School with a Heart.”

Henderson is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, a community of 11,000 residents one hour southwest of Little Rock. The community is home to two universities, a strong public school system, two recreational rivers, and DeGray Lake. Arkadelphia is 35 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park.

Henderson enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students in programs of study that address the diversified needs of higher education for Arkansas and the region. Henderson serves a high percentage of rural and low-socioeconomic communities and takes pride in empowering these students—many of them first-generation college students—to achieve their educational goals and promote economic development in their communities.