Henderson has played a critical role in transforming New Jersey City University into a well-known and valued academic option, one that provides education for all. The school’s president also has a knack for connecting with the community.
Working together with city, county and state officials who saw the need for the revitalization of Jersey City’s West Side, University Place at NJCU was launched as a Public-Private Partnership – developed by The Hampshire Cos., Claremont Cos. and Circle Squared Alternative in conjunction with the city government and NJCU. In May 2021 the final stages of construction for RIVET 26, Jersey City’s newest luxury apartment development began.
Pre-leasing for the community’s 199 modern rental residences and 10,000 square feet of service-oriented ground level retail is coming to the University Place community which in total will include the construction of eight buildings, 1,000 new luxury rental residences and access to more than 120,000 square feet of retail, a performing arts center, cafes, theaters and green space.
Described as a true visionary, Henderson helped create NJCU’s business school including state of the art Virtual Classroom learning technology, conference space (an income producer) and a television studio. Along with Dean of Business Bernard McSherry, she has created an energizing space for any student or business person. Her accessibility, partnerships and skillful negotiations have brought excellent development partners to the school.
Under Henderson’s direction NJCU officially opened a new location at Fort Monmouth, the historic former United States Army base, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 25. As the educational partner in the revitalization of Fort Monmouth, NJCU’s new location will expand bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings along the Jersey Shore, giving the university the only four-year public higher education program in the area.