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Dr. John Henderson
Dr. John L. Henderson graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1950. He received a Bachelors degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1955 and then went on to the University of Cincinnati to earn a Master's degree and Ed.D. in Counselor Education both from the College of Education in 1967 and 1976 respectively.
Dr. Henderson's extensive and impressive educational career started at Xavier University where he served first as Assistant Dean of Men, Assistant Dean of Students and then Coordinator of University and Urban Affairs. He returned to the University of Cincinnati as Dean for Student Development for four years before becoming Dean for the Public Services Division. Later he served at Sinclair Community College as Vice President for Student Services. In 1984 he returned to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College as Vice President for Institutional Development. In 1988, Dr. Henderson was appointed President of Wilberforce University, the nation's oldest, historically black college or university located in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he served for nearly 15 years. Upon his retirement from Wilberforce, he returned to Cincinnati and remained active in higher education as a consultant. Dr. Henderson is currently the Interim President at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, a position he has served since November 2007 and will continue until at least 2010.
Dr. Henderson has served on numerous committees and community projects throughout his career. He was a former board member and chairman of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; served on the Special Task Force on Racial Isolation in Cincinnati Public Schools in 1972-73; and was a board member of Cincinnati Private Industry Council from 1973-75. In 1996, he was the first African American elected as Chairman of the Council of Independent Colleges. In 2002, Dr. Henderson was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also served on the Council of Presidents for the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), which helps set the direction of higher education.
He currently serves on the boards of Project Grad, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, and the list goes on.
His commitment to higher education, leadership and dedication to excellence has brought him justifiably high praise. Because he is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, he brings honor to us as well. It is with great pleasure that we present Dr. John L. Henderson the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2009.