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Algo Donmyer Henderson
The Michigan Alumnus 237

Algo Donmyer Henderson, professor of higher edu
cation and director of the Center for the Study of 
Higher Education, came to Michigan in 1950. 
He has the rarefied task of training top-level col
lege and university administrators to handle the increasingly complex problems, which confront higher
 education today.


The Center he heads was created five years ago 
with the help of a $400,000 Carnegie Corporation 
grant. Its purpose, says Prof. Henderson, is "to serve 
those having or expecting to have leadership roles 
in colleges and universities."


Prof. Henderson and eight colleagues conduct the 
Center's program, which is directed toward high-level
 graduate, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and in-service
 administrative training in academic areas.


Alumni of the Center may be found at more than
350 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, many of them serving as vice-presidents,
 deans and registrars.


Special conferences, institutes, workshops and
 seminars attract more than 400 top educators to the
 Center every year. Three large conferences—on high
er education, liberal arts colleges, and junior and
 community colleges—are held annually. And in re
cent years there have been additional gatherings for 
such specialized groups as university attorneys, as
sistants to presidents of Big Ten universities, college 
presidents and deans, and heads of foreign universi
ties.


In addition to planning and directing these activi
ties, Algo Henderson teaches courses and seminars 
to graduate students on the administration, organi
zation and financing of institutions of higher educa
tion.


Understandably, he also is the University's prime 
resource person for advice in the field of higher edu
cation. He served on the faculty Commission on
 Year-Round Integrated Operations of the University 
and currently is secretary of the Committee on Col
lege Relations, a unit formed to help other institu
tions with basic problems of curriculum planning and
 administrative organization.


Such broad responsibilities call for a man with ex
traordinary experience and ability, and Algo Hender
son has both in abundance.


Born in 1897 in Solomon, Kansas, he served as an
 ordnance lieutenant during World War I, then 
launched a spectacular career that earned him a 
prominent niche in Who's Who.


He earned a Certified Public Accountant rating in
1921, an LLB degree from the University of Kansas 
in 1922, and an MBA degree from Harvard in 1928.
He taught economics and commerce at the Univer
sity of Kansas and Antioch College, served as presi
dent of Antioch (1936-1947), moved to New York
 State as associate commissioner in charge of higher 
education and administrator of the 21 state colleges
(1948-1950). Before coming to the Michigan campus
 in the fall of 1950, he helped to found the State Uni
versity of New York.


In addition, he served as a member of the Presi
dent's Commission on Higher Education (1946-
1947) and has been president of the Ohio College
 Association (1941-1942), president of the Ohio Col
lege Presidents and Deans (1939-1940), and a mem
ber of the executive committee of the Association for
 Higher Education (1953-1956).


Honorary degrees have been conferred upon 
Olivet College (LLD'59).


Algo Henderson has authored four books on higher 
education. The latest, Policies and Practices in High
er Education, was published in 1960.