Henderson State University

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Henderson State University
Henderson State University seal.png
Former name
Arkadelphia Methodist College
MottoThe School With A Heart
Type Public
President Elaine Kneebone (acting President)
Provost Marilyn Sommers (interim provost)
Administrative staff
186 [1]
Undergraduates 3,404 [2]
Postgraduates 557 [2]
Location, ,
Campus Rural 151 acres (0.61 km2)
Colors Red and Gray [3]
Nickname Reddies
Sporting affiliations
Website www.hsu.edu
Henderson State University logo.svg

Henderson State University (HSU) is a public liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. [4] Founded in 1890 as Arkadelphia Methodist College, [5] it is Arkansas's only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. [5]



School Names
Arkadelphia Methodist College1890–1904
Henderson College1904–1911
Henderson-Brown College1911–1929
Henderson State Teachers College1929–1967
Henderson State College1967–1975
Henderson State University1975–present
Source: [6]

The university was renamed for Charles Christopher Henderson, a Trustee and prominent Arkadelphia businessman, [7] in 1904.

Glendell Jones Jr. was named Henderson State University's 17th president on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 and officially assumed presidential duties on July 1, 2012, and resigned in 2019. [8]

On October 24, 2019, the Henderson State Board of Trustees voted unanimously to join the Arkansas State University System based in Little Rock, Arkansas. [9]

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Arkansas Hall
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Donald W. Reynolds Science Center
Baseball player Andrew Reynolds in 2014 Henderson State catcher Andrew Reynolds February 2014.jpg
Baseball player Andrew Reynolds in 2014

Notable alumni

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On campus at Henderson State University

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  1. "Office of Institutional Research | University of Arkansas". University of Arkansas. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  2. 1 2 https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=Henderson+State+University&s=all&id=107071
  3. "Henderson State University Visual Identity and Brand Standards" . Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  4. "GetReddie for Henderson". Henderson State University. Retrieved April 26, 2008.
  5. 1 2 "Henderson State University – Encyclopedia of Arkansas". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved April 26, 2008.
  6. "HSU Website". Henderson State University. Archived from the original on April 6, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2009.
  7. "Captain Charles C. Henderson House, Arkadelphia, Clark Country". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  8. President Glen Jones Archived January 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  9. Emily Walkenhorst (October 25, 2019). "HSU trustees OK beginning merger with ASU System". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette . WEHCO Media, Inc.
  10. "Office of the President: About Bob Fisher". Belmont University. Retrieved October 12, 2017.

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