Jim Henderson joined the University of Wisconsin System as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs in 2016. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, so he has returned to the system that launched his academic career. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin System, Jim served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Jim earned his undergraduate degree and a master’s in mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. His academic appointments includes faculty positions at the University of Tennessee, Texas A&M, Colorado College, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His administrative experience include serving as a department chair, senior student affairs and enrollment management officer, academic dean, and provost. Jim’s administrative career was strongly influenced by his selection and training as a Fellow of the American Council on Education.
Jim has served his communities in a variety of ways. He was twice elected to a public K-12 school board, served on a nonprofit dedicated to renovating historic sites, and was a member of the board of trustees of a private K-12 school. Governors from both parties in Colorado appointed Jim to statewide policy boards for education issues. During his time in Louisiana, he served on the executive committees of both a regional chamber of commerce and a state chartered economic development authority.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, UW System