Northwestern State University President Dr. Jim Henderson
will become the new president of the University of Louisiana System, after the
Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed him to the position. Henderson says he’ll look to reverse the 10
year decline in state funding of higher ed.
“We have got to create a funding formula that is transparent, that is predictable, and most importantly that is aligned with the long-term strategic interests of the State of Louisiana and the short-term immediate interests of the students we serve,” Henderson said.
Henderson says Louisiana ranks 16th out of 16 southern states for the resources available per student. He says he looks forward to working with the legislature to resolve many of the issues universities and students are facing. He added that he has healthy relationships with many Louisiana lawmakers.
“Our ends and their desired ends are very much in concert with each other. Finding the language and the processes by which you can achieve those ends together is a process that I really enjoy,” Henderson said.
Henderson says he wants to see more student involvement at the system level to give students a voice in the policy decision making. He says he would also like to have a more hands on relationship with students throughout the UL system.
“I hope that my relationship with the universities is such that I’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with students on their campuses. I think that’s important,” Henderson said.