Carrie E. Henderson, Ph.D.

Carrie E. Henderson serves a teaching assistant in Florida State University’s Higher Education program for three graduate-level courses: The American Community College, Ethical Leadership in Higher Education, and College and University Institutional Advancement. She is also the Associate Director of Programs (Leader Colleges) at Achieving the Dream, Inc., where she is engaged in all aspects of the organization's program and policy division, especially the institutional change work at Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges.  She coordinates support to Leader Colleges and manages Achieving the Dream’s re-granting program, which provides resources to Achieving the Dream colleges to scale innovative practices and disseminates lessons to the Achieving the Dream Reform Network.

Prior to Achieving the Dream, Carrie served as the Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the Division of Florida Colleges in the Florida Department of Education.  In this role, she wrote, produced, and published electronic reports, newsletters, and other presentations and communications and coordinated internal and external communications with key stakeholders and assists with special projects, as needed.  She also served as the Coordinator of Student Success in the division, working on a variety of policy issues related to improving student success for the 900,000 students in the Florida College System.  Carrie also has research and professional experience with the University of North Carolina General Administration, UNC School of Government, and University of Central Florida.

Carrie earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University, where her research focused on community colleges and the intersection of state policy. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Central Florida.  She also holds a Certificate in Institutional Research from Florida State University.