Algo Henderson

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Algo Donmyer Henderson
President, Antioch College
In office
Preceded by Arthur Ernest Morgan
Personal details
Born (1897-04-26)April 26, 1897
Died (aged 91)
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California
Residence Orinda, California
Known for Antioch College shared governance

Algo Donmyer Henderson (April 26, 1897 – October 20, 1988)[1] was an educator, administrator, and author. He served as the president of Antioch College and is associated with their shared governance model. He was a chief planner of the State University of New York.

Early life and career[edit]

Algo Donmyer Henderson was born in 1897 in Solomon, Kansas,[2] where his family lived on a farm.[3] He was a second lieutenant in World War I.[3] Henderson worked several jobs to fund his higher education, and attended five colleges.[3] He graduated with University of Kansas law and Harvard University business degrees.[3]

In 1936, he became the president of Antioch College, a Yellow Springs, Ohio experimental college[3] He had been the executive vice president and acting president from 1934 until then.[4] At 39, he was among the youngest American college presidents.[3] He started a bronze foundry at Antioch to teach students small business management.[3] Henderson is credited for Antioch's shared governance between faculty and administrators.[4]

In the late 1940s, Henderson became the associate director of the commission for creating a state university in New York State, leading to the State University of New York and public community colleges.[3] In 1947, Henderson left Antioch's presidency[4] to serve New York State as the associate education commissioner until 1950.[3] Upon his resignation, he joined the University of Michigan as a professor and began the first U.S. doctoral program for higher education administration.[3]

He retired from Michigan in 1967[3] whereupon he and his wife moved to Orinda, California when she became dean of admissions at California College of Arts and Crafts.[5] Henderson joined the University of California, Berkeley as a research educator.[3]


Henderson died of cancer on October 20, 1998 in Kaiser Permanente at the age of 91.[3] He was living in Orinda, California.[3] He had written 14 books on education.[3]

Personal life[edit]

At the time of his death, his wife was Jean Glidden.[3] They met in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned her doctorate in 1967, and married in 1963.[5] Henderson had a son, daughter, and stepdaughter.[3]


  1. ^ "ALGO HENDERSON (1897-1988)", SSDI
  2. ^ The Michigan Alumnus. UM Libraries. 1961. p. 237. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Marriott, Michel (October 24, 1988). "Algo Henderson, 91, Ex-President Of Antioch College and an Author". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c AAUP Committee on College and University Governance (November–December 2009). "College and University Government: Antioch University and the Closing of Antioch College" (PDF). Academe: Bulletin of the AAUP. American Association of University Professors. p. 5. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Alumnae and Alumni News". Michigan Today. University of Michigan. Spring 2002. Retrieved September 10, 2013.