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Training University Presidents

Algo Donmyer Henderson
The Michigan Alumnus 32

Tomorrow's Presidents

Q.: Who is training tomorrow's col
lege presidents and deans?

A.: The University of Michigan's
 "Mr. Higher Education" — Professor
 Algo D. Henderson.

For the past fifteen years, in fact,
 Professor Henderson has been doing
 exactly that, and his former students 
today are presidents, deans, depart
ment heads, and directors of various 
academic enterprises in more than 
half the states and in at least one for
eign country.

In mid-March, about one hundred
 of Professor Henderson's former stu
dents honored him at a breakfast in
 Chicago, held during the annual meet
ing there of the Association for Higher 
Education. Next June, Dr. Henderson
 will begin retirement furlough, bring
ing to a close his Michigan teaching 
career. His work in Ann Arbor, inci
dentally, followed considerable experience as a college administrator 
himself, for he served as president of
 Antioch College in 1936-47 and as as
sociate commissioner in charge of 
higher education in New York, 1948-
50. In 1950, he joined the faculty of 
The University of Michigan.

Since 1958, Professor Henderson's 
trail-blazing work in training college administrators has had the support of 
the Carnegie Corporation, which has
 provided two five-year grants to sup
port the Center for the Study of 
Higher Education, which Dr. Hender
son directs. Essential parts of this 
program are pre-doctoral and post-
doctoral fellowships, provided by Car
negie funds, to enable young men to
 study and to gain experience through
 administrative internships at this University and in neighboring institu
tions. To date, 42 post-doctoral fellows 
have participated in the Center's pro
gram, and there are at present about
 80 doctoral candidates enrolled.

Professor Henderson believes that 
today's large university is more com
plex than most business enterprises 
and more influential upon public attitudes and behavior. As colleges and
 universities grow in number and size,
 it is increasingly important that 
trained administrators be available to 
manage them. Professor Henderson,
 who anticipated this need and led the 
way in establishing a program to meet 
it, is one of Michigan's many distin
guished teachers.