Dr. James E. Henderson
Senior Consultant

e-mail: jhenderson@ConsultRDP.com

Dr. James E. Henderson is Professor of Educational Leadership in the Duquesne University School of Education. Jim served as Dean of the School of Education from 1995 until 2003. During that time, the School of Education experienced unprecedented growth in student enrollment, in faculty scholarly productivity, and in the number of new degree and certification programs. From 1992 through 1999, he also was the founding Director of Duquesne's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders (IDPEL), the School of Education's first doctoral program. In the seven years Jim had served as the program's founding director, IDPEL received national and international acclaim for the preparation of aspiring school superintendents and other school leaders.

Prior to his most recent posts, Jim served twenty-two years as a schoolteacher and administrator, the last thirteen of which were in the school superintendency. Jim took his Bachelors degree in Social Psychology from Princeton University, and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Educational Administration from Rutgers University.
Jim has authored numerous book chapters and scholarly and professional articles, and most recently has attracted attention for his work in teaming and shared decision-making, strategic visioning and planning, leadership selection and development, and collaborative bargaining. Jim has provided consulting services in the areas of selection and development of leaders; collaborative bargaining and conflict resolution; shared decision-making; team building; and organizational planning and assessment. His recent clients include over thirty universities, school districts, non-profit organizations, businesses, and law firms.

Jim has received numerous national and regional awards for educational leadership and community service. Those recognitions include selection as a Kellogg National Fellow, as a member of the Executive Educator 100, as a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society of Duquesne University, as Honorary Inductee of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society of Duquesne University, as the recipient of the Order of Omega "Apple Polishing Award" from the Duquesne University Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha. Jim also received the Paul L. Varnum Award from the Three Rivers - University of Pittsburgh Chapter XIV of Phi Delta Kappa, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the Duquesne University School of Education, and the Outstanding Research and Publications Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He also was chosen as Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for outstanding advocacy of music instruction in the schools, as Pennsylvania Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Jaycees, and as the Pennsylvania Friend of Home Economics Award recipient.

Jim currently is an active member of the boards of Leadership Pittsburgh, Junior Achievement of Southwest Pennsylvania, the Agenda to Promote Educational eXcellence (APEX) Inc., Vincentian Academy--Duquesne University, and South Hills Country Club. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Rivers Club, and is Co-Chair of the Research and Development Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and a member of the PASA Board of Governors. Jim was also elected to membership in Amen Corner of Pittsburgh in 2003.

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