E. W. Henderson, Ed.D., J.D.
Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences
Office: Old Main, Room 410-D
Dr. Eddie Henderson was appointed Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences at West Texas A&M University on September 1, 2006.
Henderson earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology (1977), master of education degree (1978), and doctor of education degree, cum laude (1982) from Texas Tech University. He earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree, cum laude (1985) from Texas Tech University School of Law where he served on the Board of Editors of the Texas Tech Law Review.
Teaching and Related Service
Prior to joining West Texas A&M University in 2000 as Head of the Division of Education, Henderson served as senior vice president and market executive of the Trust Division of Bank of America in Amarillo. Henderson is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and has many years of experience representing public school districts and educational institutions, including representing WTAMU in its merger with The Texas A&M University System. Prior to joining Bank of America, he was a shareholder in the Amarillo law firm of Underwood, Wilson, Berry, Stein and Johnson. Additionally, Henderson taught children with intellectual disabilities and emotional disturbance in the Lubbock Independent School District and served as a educational diagnostician. Currently, Henderson teaches graduate courses in education law, legal issues in special education and undergraduate honors symposia.
Henderson has served on the boards of directors of numerous nonprofit entities most in leadership positions such as Amarillo Botanical Garden, Inc., Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Planned Parenthood Association, Amarillo Symphony, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Affiliates, Don Harrington Discovery Center, Golden Spread Council of Boy Scouts of America, Harrington Regional Medical Center, Leadership Amarillo, High Plains Baptist Hospital Enterprises, Second Chance Foundation, Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, and United Way.
Henderson, a self-professed Indiophile, guides community groups to India on an annual basis through the University’s Continuing Education study/travel program Incredible India. He serves as the faculty sponsor for the WTAMU Desi Student Organization for students from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka and the WTAMU Cricket Club. Henderson and his wife, Sandy, are the proud parents of two sons, Dr. Cortney Henderson and Dr. Chris Henderson, and the grandparents of four grandchildren.