Jan 16, 2014 2:20 PM by Ian Auzenne
UL's new provost and vice president for academic affairs takes office today.
James Henderson comes to Lafayette from California State University-Los Angeles, where he serves as the dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences.
In his role as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Henderson will, among other duties, recruit faculty members, coordinate academic and students affairs, and be responsible for the general direction of the university's instructional and research activities.
In addition to his administrative roles, Henderson will serve as a math professor.
"Dr. Henderson is a proven leader who has held academic administration positions, including department head, dean and vice chancellor," said UL President Joseph Savoie. "He is a great fit for (the university). We are grateful to have a visionary leader and scholar with a deep commitment to teaching, innovation, and strengthening relationships both on campus and in our community."
Henderson has ties to Louisiana. He was born in Bunkie. His mother, a Port Allen native, and his father lived in Lafayette following their retirement.