Henderson State University

Arkansas' second-oldest public university, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia was founded in 1890 as Arkadelphia Methodist College.

It underwent several name changes before it became a state university in 1929, then known as Henderson State Teachers College, and eventually becoming Henderson State University in 1975. In addition, the school, which has an endowment of about $12 million, is one of just two public universities in the state to have been originally established as a four-year institution.

The school attracts students from all across Arkansas but serves as a regional institution for students from southwest Arkansas. In fact, 86 percent of the Henderson student body is from Arkansas.

Henderson offers 37 bachelor's degrees and 11 master's degree programs.

Henderson alumnus Glendell Jones was selected in March 2012 to become the school's 16th president. Jones replaced Charles Welch, who resigned to become president of the Arkansas State University system.

Jones previously served as provost of ASU's Jonesboro campus and also held the post of senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and research.