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Algo Donmyer Henderson
Regents' Proceedings 630

ALGO DONMYER HENDERSON, Professor of Higher Education and moving spirit in the founding of the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has retired from the active faculty at the statutory age of seventy.

Though he was involved with education throughout his mature life, Professor Henderson's own academic training was chiefly in law and business; he earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the university of his native state, Kansas, and a master's degree from the Harvard School of Business Administration. Having earlier gained teaching experience in the public schools of Kansas and at the University of Kansas, he joined the faculty of Antioch College in 1925. There he taught, administered at different times both business and academic affairs, and served for twelve years as president. In 1948, as if girding for his obligations here, he significantly enlarged his purview, assuming, as Associate Commissioner of Education, responsibilities for the burgeoning system of higher and professional education in the state of New York. Two years later he came to The University of Michigan as Professor of Higher Education. In 1957 the Carnegie Foundation began to contribute liberal support to the program of research and service he had instituted here, which then became formally known as the Center for the Study of Higher Education.

Professor Henderson's offices were so various that to list them would extend this memoir beyond reasonable bounds. He was active and influential on committees of the School of Education and the University, on innumerable study commissions and advisory boards, and in state, regional, and national associations. To the curriculum in higher education here, he lent both energy and system, preparing the University's School of Education and the many institutions and agencies with which it co-operates to meet the growing needs of state and local colleges for expert counsel and for trained personnel. Educational foundations, perceiving his efficiency and enterprise, expressed their confidence in him in most tangible ways. His professional colleagues, on campus and as far as his influence extended, heeded his advice and respectfully employed his organizational gifts. His students, many of whom he shepherded through their doctoral research, gratefully confessed his wise and practical guidance.

The Regents of the University hope and expect that as Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, the title now conferred, he will benefit this institution by his continued presence here. As they extend to him the privileges accorded to the emeritus faculty, they further add their need of personal appreciation for his distinguished past services.