Jason Henry earned a bachelor's degree, with honors, from Arkansas State University where he served in multiple student leadership roles, such as President Pro Tempore of the Student Government Association, President of the Student Activities Board, was on the debate team, a resident assistant, and was active in the Honor's Association. Jason was bestowed the prestigious Distinguished Service Award, the second highest award granted to students for leadership and service. He then earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he was coordinator of the university Parents' Association.
Jason Henry has worked professionally in student services for more than 14 years. He has served as a retention counselor, academic advising coordinator, new student orientation coordinator, developed learning communities, taught freshman seminar courses, career services, and transfer services. As Director of Student Engagement he leads multiple student services functional areas, including student life and leadership, residence life, academic advising, tutoring, and testing services at each of the four ASU-Beebe locations. He possesses a broad knowledge of strategies to improve retention, advising, the first-year experience, and student success. He is able to critically examine complex issues, understand the big picture, multi-task big projects, and get results.
Some of his biggest accomplishments include building programs and departments from the ground up, development and oversight of budgets, planning and executing major events, departmental and program assessment, providing direct one-on-one services to students, faculty, staff, and community constituencies, and serving in leadership roles for multiple external agencies.
Recently, Jason earned the national certification in career counseling from the National Career Development Association. He has published several articles in books and journals and has presented more than a dozen times at state and national conferences.
Jason is very active in professional boards and non-profit work. Professionally, he is the two-year college director for the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers, the two-year college representative for the Arkansas Academic Advising Association, and is active in the National Academic Advising Association, the National Council on Student Development, National Association of Colleges and Employers, and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rock City Rescue, a 501(c)(3) animal rescue, where is also active with fundraising and processes adoptions. He is a licensed foster parent for the State of Arkansas. Furthermore, he actively volunteers for multiple social justice organizations, such as homeless outreach, domestic violence, cancer awareness, and political causes and candidates.
In his spare time, Jason loves spending time with his dogs, traveling the United States and the world, and attending live musical and theatrical events.