Lesson in Leadership
President's Report | 2016
“Great leaders are almost always servant leaders. They support and serve the people in their organization and treat them with kindness and respect. That kind of behavior was modeled for me by Dr. Gerald Skinner. In addition to being a great professor, he was also a business owner, and he helped show me what it takes to lead organizations and people.”
Trevecca alumnus Chris Henson (’87) is the chief financial officer of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and currently serves as the interim director of schools. As chief financial officer Henson’s job includes developing and managing the district’s operating and capital improvement budgets, but serving as the interim director of schools calls for a different kind of leadership. Henson is quick to say that he developed many of the necessary leadership skills at Trevecca.
“Trevecca gave me what it gives all students: a well-rounded education that teaches you how to think and live a purposeful life,” Henson said.
Under Henson’s leadership, MNPS became the first school district in Tennessee to be awarded the Meritorius Budget Award for Excellence by the Association of School Business Officials International. Henson previously served as the associate director of schools for finance and administration in the Franklin Special School District from 1997-2002 and was the budget and finance director/interim director of schools in Sumner County from 1990-1997. He previously filled the role of MNPS director of schools in 2008.