The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees has approved a merger agreement and transition plan for Henderson State University. With this approval, Henderson is one step closer to becoming the seventh member in the ASU System.
In July 2019, Henderson and the ASU System made their first step toward the merger by signing a Memorandum of Understanding for ASU to provide support services. This was followed by a resolution in October in which the Henderson board agreed to move forward with a merger agreement, and the merger was approved by the Henderson board on Nov. 21.
Now, the merger must be approved by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Arkansas General Assembly must take action on the merger.
According to ASU System President Chuck Welch, the universities are projecting for the merger and transition to be completed by Jan. 1, 2021.
Under the merger agreement, Henderson’s president will report to Welch, who will lead the search for a new president.
“Henderson has a long history of serving students in higher education and will be an outstanding addition to our system,” Welch said. “It’s an institution that is very special to me, and I’m confident Henderson will be a mutually beneficial addition. We appreciate the Henderson board’s trust in us and will continue to work with the trustees toward a smooth transition.”
Welch served served as president of Henderson from July 2008 to April 2011 before becoming president of the ASU System