Andrea Henderson currently serves as the Executive Director of Arkansas Community Colleges. As Executive Director, Andrea collaborates with government agencies, educational institutions, private foundations, and others on projects that improve the ability of the twenty-two member colleges to meet the needs of their students, as well as the needs of their local business and industry leaders.
Previously Andrea spent 18 years as the Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association where she led the work for public policy, advocacy, and professional development. Her major accomplishments include the establishment of the Oregon Promise, successful advocacy campaigns for major investments in funding and capital construction, a rewrite of the funding distribution model, and the creation of a student success center.
Andrea is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on a variety of issues including community college funding, governance, advocacy, the Oregon Promise, and safety and security. She has a law degree from Willamette University College of Law, an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Oregon State University and holds a certificate in Disruptive Innovation from Harvard University Business School Online. She also taught higher education law at Oregon State University in the Community College Leadership Program. Andrea served as an Oregon Learns Fellow, served on the Governor’s Economic Recovery Task Force and currently serves on the State Career Education and Workforce Board.