Frances Henderson was awarded tenure at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. She is the first African American woman to be granted tenure at the college in its 194-year history. Dr. Henderson has been teaching political science at the college for the past six years and she is now the only African American on the college’s faculty. Maryville College is a private, four-year institution which enrolls about 1,100 students. Blacks make up 6 percent of the student body.
Dr. Henderson grew up in Cincinnati. Her mother taught school and her father was a physician. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.