Mountain milestone: Henderson becomes first black woman to earn tenure at MC
Melanie Tucker| (email@example.com)
After moving to Maryville six years ago from St. Louis to teach political science, Dr. Frances Henderson has landed herself in the record books as the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Maryville College.
Henderson was awarded tenure recently at the college and it will take effect in August. College officials believe Dr. John Perry was probably the first African-American professor who received tenure at MC. He was hired in 1985 to teach in the college’s physical education/health/recreation department. He was tenured in 1989 and was promoted to associate professor in 1996. He retired in 2003. Currently, Henderson is the only African-American professor on the faculty. There are some on staff."