June 14, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University named Jason Henderson director of athletics effective June 18. Henderson served as Lamar's associate athletic director for compliance from July 2007 to May 2011 when he was elevated to interim athletic director.
As the athletic director, Henderson is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Lamar's 17 men's and women's athletics programs.
"Jason has been at the heart of so many of the significant accomplishments of Lamar athletics since joining LU in 2006," said James Simmons, president of the university. "He is an outstanding leader and, as interim athletic director, has helped move LU to the next level. I am looking forward to what he will help us accomplish in his new role as AD."
Henderson is in his seventh year as a member of the Lamar athletic department, joining the staff in April 2006 as the compliance coordinator. In this role, Henderson oversaw NCAA compliance and scholarships.
Henderson serves as the Southland Conference representative to the NCAA Division I Amateurism Cabinet. The cabinet reviews issues relating to NCAA rules involving student-athlete amateurism and ways to ensure that student-athletes remain true to the NCAA philosophy of amateur athletic competitions.
While serving as associate AD, Henderson played a major role in the return of Lamar football and the addition of the Lamar women's soccer program. He was a key figure in the planning of the Dauphin Athletic Complex, the updating of what is now known as Provost Umphrey Stadium and the construction of the Lamar Soccer Complex.
Henderson has also led coaching search committees that landed Lamar a successful football coach in Ray Woodard and proven basketball coach Pat Knight. In addition, the athletic department has added several staff positions under his watch.
Prior to coming to Lamar, Henderson served as the academic coordinator and CHAMPS Life Skills Coordinator at Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he collected and maintained data on student-athletes, assisted with updating and maintaining compliance documents and assisted with rules education for department staff and student-athletes.
Henderson was also an intern at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky., and Texas A&M. During this time, Henderson was involved primarily in assisting in the marketing of the NAIA and NCAA programs, respectively.
Henderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a specialization in sports management from Texas A&M in 2003 and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2005.
Henderson also spends time in the community with various charitable organizations including the YMBL and the Beaumont A&M Club. Both of these organizations help raise funds to improve the community at large.