CU-COLORADO SPRINGS NAMES VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Tom Hutton, 262-3439

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — A veteran Colorado educator will be the next vice chancellor for student success at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, pending approval by the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

James P. Henderson, 50, of Manitou Springs, was selected by Chancellor Pam Shockley for the CU-Colorado Springs vice chancellor’s position following a national search. His appointment will receive formal consideration at the Dec. 19 Regents meeting in Boulder.

As vice chancellor, Henderson will be responsible for units that direct undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, housing, admissions and records, financial aid, advising and other student-related functions.

Henderson is currently dean of the summer session at Colorado College where he is also professor of mathematics. He will begin at CU-Colorado Springs Jan. 6, 2003.

“Jim Henderson is an outstanding individual,” Chancellor Pam Shockley said. “I am pleased that he will share his talents and his leadership with our campus and assist us in reaching our goal of becoming America’s number one regional comprehensive research university.”

“I deeply appreciate the efforts of the search committee and believe they located the best candidate very close to home.”

Since 2001, Henderson has led the Colorado College’s summer session. He helped develop a curriculum for summer study for current and international students, coordinated a summer arts festival, directed programs for low-income high school students in the region and directed overall marketing efforts for the summer session.

In 1990 and again in 1994, Henderson served as chair of the Colorado College Math Department. He joined the Colorado College faculty in 1985 and was promoted to professor of mathematics in 1996. Henderson previously taught at Texas A&M University, College Station, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 1998, he earned an American Council on Education fellowship, serving on the chancellor’s staff at CU-Colorado Springs for a year.

Henderson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a New Mexico native.

“The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is one of the premier regional universities in the country,” Henderson said. “I am thrilled to join a dedicated faculty, staff and administration in providing a first-rate educational opportunity to a diverse student body. I know that I’ll be working with a student success team that is unsurpassed. I welcome the opportunity to be a part of that team of professionals.”

Henderson succeeds Randy Kouba, who has served as interim vice chancellor for student success since Oct. 2001. Kouba will move to a position in the Department of Administration and Finance. Shockley previously served as vice chancellor for student success from 1994 until Oct. 2001 when she was named interim chancellor. Shockley became chancellor in May 2002.

Specific offices that report to the vice chancellor for student success include Admissions and Records, Dean of Students, Financial Aid/Student Employment, Family Development Center, Housing Village, Student Health Center, University Center, the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, International Student Services, the Pre-Collegiate Development Program, Student Recruitment and Outreach, the Student Success Center, University Counseling Center and the Project Excel Centers.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 7,400 students annually.