President's Bio

President's Bio


Sue Henderson has served as the 12th and first woman president of New Jersey City University since August 2012.  

Now in her sixth year, she has accomplished a range of transformational initiatives. Dr. Henderson created the NJCU School of Business and relocated it to a 70,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City’s financial district. She spearheaded the implementation of a $350 million West Campus plan which features a fully integrated, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development for a student residence hall, academic building and performance arts center, a fitness center, supermarket, and shops and restaurants. She hired approximately one third of the 256 full-time faculty in areas identified as critical to meeting academic needs in high-demand fields of study: nursing, STEM, business, counseling, and pre-law. Dr. Henderson additionally ensured that NJCU tuition and fees remain among the lowest of all the public, four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey, and implemented the NJCU Debt Free Promise Program to make a college education accessible and affordable.  

Dr. Henderson globalized the curriculum including dramatic expansion of study abroad opportunities, scholarships for travel for students in need; increased the number and variety of international universities partnering with NJCU (six in China; four in India; several in the Middle East); and created a Confucius Institute with a partner university in China, Jilin Huaqiao University of Foreign Languages in Jilin Province, one of the largest private universities in China.

President Henderson ensured that tuition and fees remain at the lowest of all the public 4-year colleges and universities in NJ, and Washington Monthly magazine ranked NJCU a top 10 “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Northeast, and #2 in New Jersey for serving students in need.

Dr. Henderson is Vice Chair of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council.  In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission on Education of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Vice Chair of the Society for College and University Planning’s Board of Directors, and Chair of the Committee on International Education of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. At the state level, she serves on the Task Force on the Alignment of Higher Education Programs and Workforce Development, and co-chairs the Hudson County Alliance for Action and the Hudson County Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.

Dr. Henderson holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, and bachelor’s and master's degrees in math education from Georgia State University. Dr. Henderson has received numerous awards for her work as an educator and administrator.