Kenneth W. Henderson
Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning
As the university’s first chancellor, Kenneth Henderson leads Northeastern’s broad portfolio of learning functions. He oversees internationalization and learner mobility; the global campuses; innovation in experiential learning, embracing digital and lifelong learning; student affairs including athletics, housing, and wellness; as well as enrollment management, incorporating admissions, marketing, and financial aid.
Henderson was appointed to his current position in 2019, after more than three years serving as dean of the College of Science. There, he oversaw six academic departments with nearly 350 faculty and staff and an enrollment of more than 4,500 students.
As dean, Henderson established a five-year strategic plan designed to align the college with Northeastern 2025, the university’s academic plan, and cement the college’s environment of scholarly and educational excellence.
A scholar of synthetic and structural inorganic chemistry, Henderson previously served as the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. During his 14-year tenure, he was also the senior assistant provost for internationalization, developing undergraduate programs and strategic international partnerships for research collaborations.
Henderson’s research interests lie in organometallic and materials chemistry, with a particular focus on energy-related systems. Henderson has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2007.
He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry with honors from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as his PhD, winning the Ritchie prize. He conducted post-doctorate research at Brown University.