Administrative Team Members' Biographies

Lenette Jones joined the Henderson State University Department of Athletics staff in the fall of 2005 and serves as Assistant Senior Woman Administrator as well as Coordinator of Athletic Academic Success Program. Ms. Jones works with various support services on campus, coordinating Henderson State University’s student affairs and community services projects, serving as a liaison between the faculty, the student-athletes, as well as the athletic department. In July 2010 she was promoted to the position of Liberal Arts Core Transfer Specialist, accessing all transfer students’ transcripts.

Ms. Jones is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). She attends annual conferences staying abreast of current NCAA rules and compliance, and student-advising techniques.

In addition to the Assessment Team, Lenette Jones serves on the Compensation Committee, Henderson State University Athletic Department Gender Equity Committee, HLC Committee Criterion 4, Strategic Planning Committee, as well as the Reddie to Serve Committee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Recreation from Henderson State University in 2000 and a Master’s of Science in Sports Administration in 2002.  

Pam Ligon is the Associate Dean of Academic Services and represents Academic Affairs. She has worked for Henderson State University since 1988 in the capacity of Administrative Assistant to the President, the Garrison Center Director, and now the Director of the Center for Career Development and the newly formed Academic Advising Center.  She received both her BA in Family and Consumer Sciences and the MS in Community Counseling from Henderson State University. 

She serves on the Henderson State University Diversity Task Force, Strategic Planning Committee, HLC Task Force, Faculty/Non-Classified Staff Compensation Study Committee, Admissions and Adjustments – ex officio (Judicial Alternate), Assessment Team Assessment Handbook Committee, Assessment Team Assessment Plan Committee, and is the secretary for the University Assessment Team. She also is the MAP-Works Coordinator and a Seminar Instructor.

Ms Ligon is a member of National Association of Colleges and Employers and National Academic Advising Association, and is a Notary Public.

Ginger Otwell began her career at Henderson State University in 1995 as a secretary for the offices of the Executive Assistant to the President and General Counsel. In December 2005, Ms. Otwell earned the BBA in Management from Henderson State University and is currently working on an MBA from Henderson State University. She is currently Research Associate in the office of Assessment and Research. Responsibilities include providing reports to state and federal organizations, the NCAA, and the Henderson State University community.  She is also responsible for completing surveys for various organizations, such as The College Board, US News and World Report, CGS/GRE, and many more. Ms. Otwell has long served on the University Assessment Team – ex-officio and serves in the same capacity for the Faculty/Non-Classified Staff Compensation Committee.

Drew Smith is the director of the Center for International Programs at Henderson State University, where he also teaches courses in philosophy and world religions. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in religious and theological studies and a Ph.D. in early Christianity from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Drew has been at Henderson since 2005. He taught history from 2005-2007 before assuming his current position. He has served on various University committees, including serving as chair of the International Education Committee, co-chair of the University’s Strategic Planning Committee, and both president-elect and president of the Staff Senate.

Sheryl Strother is the Assistant Director of the HSU Community Education Center and the Coordinator of Community Outreach. In this position she works closely with many outside constituents to offer educational and economic development opportunities.  Sheryl also works to promote a culture of volunteerism and community service among the students, faculty, and staff.  She has been employed with Henderson State University since 2002. Sheryl earned her BSE Degree in Business Education from Henderson, and is currently completing an MSE, also at Henderson.

Sheryl serves on the Clark County United Way Board of Directors, is an active Leadership Clark County Alumni, serves on the site visit team for the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, serves on the survey committee, education subcommittee and leadership subcommittee for the Clark County Strategic Plan, and serves on the Clark County Literacy Council Board of Directors. 

Wrenette Tedder has been the Director of Assessment at Henderson State University since 2003. She is responsible for coordinating the University’s assessment program and supports the continuous improvement of student learning through working with the entire campus. Ms. Tedder has worked to build and sustain a culture of assessment on Henderson’s campus.  She has worked directly with accreditation efforts (NCATE and Higher Learning Commission) and has implemented the use of TracDat to maintain all assessment plans and data for the institution. Wrenette serves on the University Assessment Team.

During the 2007-2008 academic year, Ms. Tedder and several other institutional assessment representatives from across Arkansas developed an advisory board to draft a constitution and promote the development of the Arkansas Association for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning (AAACL), a state-wide assessment association. She currently serves as the President of the AAACL.

She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Southern Arkansas University and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 


Tammi Wardlaw