Sue Henderson, the first female president of New Jersey City University (NJCU), announced her resignation, effective July 1, from the institution after 10 years at the post. Jason Kroll, vice president and chief strategy officer, has accepted a request from the NJCU’s board of trustees to lead the transition leadership as acting president. He requested not to be considered a candidate for the permanent post as president.
A statement by NJCU Board Chair Joseph F. Scott, thanked Henderson for her vision, commitment and leadership as the 12th president of the university.
“We celebrate the transformational initiatives that have occurred since Dr. Henderson was appointed president in August 2012,” Scott stated. “These include the establishment of the NJCU School of Business and its relocation it to a state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City’s financial district along the Hudson Waterfront and the implementation of the $400 million University Place project, which is redeveloping the institution’s West Campus into a modern urban village that will aesthetically and economically revitalize the region.”
He said that Henderson spurred the university’s efforts to become the educational partner in the revitalization of Fort Monmouth, making the university the only four-year public higher education program in the area.
He added that throughout her tenure, Henderson has ensured that NJCU tuition and fees would remain among the lowest of all public, four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey.
Henderson “implemented the NJCU Debt-Free Promise Program to make a college education accessible and affordable — a program which helped inspire the state’s introduction of the Garden State Guarantee,” Scott wrote. “Numerous new academic programs were launched during Henderson’s presidency, including our General Education program and an Honors Program.”
He said that Henderson has represented the university nationally with distinction on several important boards, including chair of the board of directors of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and past vice-chair of the influential NCAA Board of Governors.
“Throughout her presidency, Sue has demonstrated a deep commitment to academic excellence and access to a quality, affordable higher education for our diverse student population. The board of trustees thanks her and wishes her well in her future endeavors,” Scott said.
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