Lenneal Henderson



Lenneal Henderson

Adjunct Faculty

CSS Transformative Social Change
Saybrook University
Office Phone

Biosketch for Lenneal J. Henderson

71 Eagle Bluff Drive

P.O. Box 280

Claremont, Virginia 23899

410-707-5873 [email protected]

Dr. Lenneal Henderson has been Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook University in Oakland, California since 2000.

Dr. Lenneal Henderson is also currently Visiting Instructor at the College of William and Mary; an Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement and International Affairs; Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Administration and Senior Fellow at the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy and a Senior Fellow in the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, Emeritus at the University of Baltimore where he was formerly a Henry C. Welcome Fellow. He is a former faculty member of Howard University in Washington, D.C.; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of San Francisco.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

He has extensive experience in the District of Columbia. He served as the Chairman of the Mayor's Budget Commission for nearly five years; as Chair of the Citizen's Energy Advisory Committee for D.C. and a consultant on utility and real estate issues to the D.C. Office of General Services.

He currently serves on the boards of LifeNet Health, Inc. in Virginia Beach, the Environmental Action Foundation and is Chair of the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council. He has been on the boards of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the Baltimore Urban League, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and is a founding board member of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture. He was recently appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy.

Dr. Henderson's administrative educational positions have been (1) Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University and

(2) serving simultaneously as the Head of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Bureau of Public Administration and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Henderson has devoted his life to creative, dynamic and constructive social change. He founded the McKinley Project in Berkeley, California to support "troubled" high school students while he was a graduate student at the University of California; was involved in the "save the bay" campaign; served on the Board of Directors of the Westside Mental Health Center in the Fillmore district of San Francisco; was a founder of the American Association of Blacks in Energy; was part of the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C. in 1968 and was a founding Board member of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History in Culture in Maryland.

His non-educational positions have been (1) Policy Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation at the United States Department of Energy (1977-79) working on both the International Energy Agency and on small scale renewal energy projects in Guyana, Trinidad-Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica and (2) Vice President for Energy Management and, subsequently, Vice President for Science and Technology at the Ronson Management Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia, managing contracts with the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

He has been a fellow multiple times; specifically, Kellogg National Fellow, Ford Foundation, National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow for the Council on the International Exchange of Scholars and the U.S. Department of State and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Henderson has numerous awards and recognitions and some of them since 2000 include his election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (2005), the University System of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Public Service (2006), the President's Faculty Award at the University of Baltimore (2006) and the "Unsung Hero Award" from the Association of Fundraising Professionals nominated by the Maryland Humanities Council (2012) and winner of the Sylvester Murray Mentoring Award of the American Society for Public Administration in 2015..

He is an international lecturer/presenter. He is a member of the International Political Science Association. He is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has lectured or presented papers on economic development, organizational theory, national resource policies, urban dynamics, and racial and ethnic studies in the following countries since 2000:

Kosovo.... lecture on American Elections for the U. S. State Department (2012).

Montreal, Canada: presented a paper at the World Congress of the International Political Science Association (2014)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Taught a one-week intensive course on Action Research Methods at Unity University (2013)

Lisbon, Portugal: Delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the Academy of Business Administration (2013)

Kosovo---conducted a lecturer series on American Elections for the U.S. Department of State (2012)

Bulgaria...paper at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria (2012).

Morocco...paper at the Mohammed V University in Morocco (2011).

Chile: Academic Specialist Grant (2011)

Zimbabwe...lecture for the State Department on the economic and political status of African Americans.

Saudi Arabia...lecture for the Royal Saudi Institute of Public Administration on public policy administration dynamics.

Turkey...two papers and one lecture (three trips, 2006-2009).

The Netherlands...paper for the International Division of the Urban Land Institute in Rotterdam on strategies of various large cities in the world to revitalize themselves.

Estonia...paper on peace, economic development and global demographic trends to Tallin Technical University and, along with Dean, taught a two-week course on Federalism for Tallin Technical University.

India...paper at International Political Science Association Conference in Jaipur on

inter-ethnic and international peace strategies and options.

Prior to 2000, Dr. Henderson taught, lectured or presented papers in Israel, Sweden, India, Ghana, Namibia, China, Russia, Japan and Australia. In 1997, he taught both Statistical Analysis and International Economics in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong for Ottawa University International.

He has facilitated a number of educational/research endeavors as noted below.

Member of the Citistates team under contract to the Rockefeller Foundation to lead a one month World Summit Symposium on Cities in Bellagio, Italy and produce a book on the proceedings (2009).

Established a partnership in public policy and administration between two universities in Estonia and the University of Baltimore.

With economist Michael Bell, founded the Center for Effective Local Democracy in South Africa as a citizen-based project and a way of using peace economics to heal the conflicts in post-apartheid South Africa. The first project was the building of a secondary school in the village of Kullelle which opened in November 2001.

Instrumental in the establishment of an exchange program in public policy and administration between the Centro de Investigacion de Docencia y Economia in Mexico and the University of Baltimore.

Citistates delegation to Cuba examining how the Cubans address urban housing, community development, architecture, environmental sustainability and public administration issues as they transition to a new future (2001).

Delegate to the People-to-People Ambassador Program in Beijing, Guilin and Shanghai, China under the auspices of American Political Science Association and the Government of China (2007).

Instrumental in the creation of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

His books include Black Political Life in the United States, Administrative Advocacy: Black Administrators in Urban Bureaucracies, The New Black Politics: The Search for Political Power (Edited with Michael Preston and Paul Puryear), Public Administration and Public Policy: A Minority Perspective (with Lawrence Howard and Deryl Hunt) and, most recently, Dimensions of Learning: Education for Life (with Bernice D. Johnson, Debra Parker and Magnoria Lunsford).

His publications on energy have appeared in Energy Economics, The Journal of Peace, The National Civic Review, The Public Administration Review, the Public Organizational Review: A Global Journal, The Review of Black Political Economy, the Howard Law Journal, The Annals of American Academy of Social and Political Science, The International Journal of Public Administration, The Journal of Social and Behavioral Science, Administrative Theory and Praxis and other publications.

He is a playwright and actor. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas Supreme Court decision, he researched and wrote Thurgood is Coming, a one-man play, and performed the role of Thurgood Marshall. These performances have taken place in Maryland, Texas, North Carolina and California and have been used as a fund-raiser for charitable organizations.

Dr. Henderson was born in New Orleans and raised in the housing projects of San Francisco, California. He received his A.B., M.A. and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and has conducted additional postdoctoral study at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a post-doctoral scholar in Science, Technology and Public Policy at George Washington University.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Spirituality
Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. The University of California, Berkeley 1977
M.A. The University of California, Berkeley 1969
A.B. The University of California, Berkeley 1968
Postdoctoral Fellow Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 1983
Postdoctoral Fellow George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1984
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow National Academy of Public Administration
Member American Public Health Association
Life Member American Society for Public Administration
Life Member Association of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Member International Studies Association
Life Member Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Board member (appointed by Governor) Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
Board member LifeNet Health, Inc.
Board member (appointed by Maryland Governor) African American Museum Corporation of Maryland
Board Member Coalition for Local Effective Democracy
Board Member Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Media Exposure

MLK Day speech, January 16, 2016, Randolph Macon College of Virginia, covered by the Ashland Tribune

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