portrait of Nina Henderson

“Our goal is to deliver a unique advantage to our students while at Drexel and throughout their lives.” — Nina Henderson ’72

An endowment for Drexel Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs M. Brian Blake and all provosts who succeed him was recently established by trustee and alumna Mary R. “Nina” Henderson ’72.

Henderson endowed the position to ensure that a Drexel education is distinguished from other universities, both now and in the future.

“The Nina Henderson Provost at Drexel University will have the tools to invest in timely initiatives that develop, enable and deliver ideas over time, and with a future view, to continue the gift that is a Drexel education,” says Henderson.

Henderson, who is a graduate from what is now the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, is currently a director of CNO Financial Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC and IWG PLC, among others, and previously served on the boards of Royal Dutch Shell, AXA Financial and Del Monte Foods, to name a few. Her board service follows her 30-year career at Best Foods, where she was a corporate vice president and president of Best Foods Grocery in North America. She has been a University trustee since May 1991 and was a trustee of the College of Medicine, now serving on its advisory board.

As an alumna, she is a member of the Drexel 100, known as the University’s alumni hall of fame, and received the A.J. Drexel Paul Award for Service to Alma Mater in 2010.