Dr. Sue Henderson has served as the 12th president of New Jersey City University since August 2012. Now in her 10th academic year in 2021-22 as the first female president in the institution’s more than 90-year history, since her arrival, she has accomplished a range of transformational initiatives to position NJCU as a game-changing force in a global landscape.
She established the NJCU School of Business and relocated it to a state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City's financial district along the Hudson Waterfront, while hiring its founding Dean and more than half of its faculty during her tenure. During this time, more than five new academic programs were developed as well as a new General Education program and an Honors Program.
Dr. Henderson spearheaded the implementation of a $400 million project to redevelop the institution's West Campus into a modern urban village that will include student and residential housing, retail, restaurants, green public spaces and a pedestrian-friendly layout to aesthetically and economically revitalize the region. A contemporary academic and performance space will serve as the new home to the internationally known Joffrey Ballet School.
Additionally, Dr. Henderson spurred the university’s efforts to become the educational partner in the revitalization of Fort Monmouth. Opening in August, 2021, NJCU @ Fort Monmouth expanded bachelor's and master's degree offerings along the Jersey Shore, making the university the only four-year public higher education program in the area.
Furthermore, Dr. Henderson ensured NJCU tuition and fees would remain among the lowest of all 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 — a program lauded by the state when initiating the Garden State Guarantee.