Institutional Advancement promotes Queens College within the college community and beyond, cultivating support from public, private, and corporate sources. In addition, this office represents QC in collaborations with local institutions, such as Flushing Town Hall, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, and New York Hospital Queens.
On campus, Institutional Advancement oversees 12 units, most of which have public components: Alumni Relations, Athletics, Communications, Development, the Events Office (718-997-3600), the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Government Affairs, entrepreneurial activities, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Office of Converging Technologies, Professional & Continuing Studies, and Study Abroad. This office is also responsible for the Center for Jewish Studies and the Women and Work program.
Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sue Henderson has served Queens College since fall 2002. Promoted to COO in 2011, she guides the implementation of the college’s long-range strategic plan and oversees a variety of entrepreneurship and community-focused activities and programs. She works closely with her fellow QC executives on a number of important projects, which include achieving greater diversity in faculty and staff hiring; implementing the college’s zero-based budgeting initiative; and overseeing facilities and infrastructure work. She also collaborates to advance the college priority of internationalizing the curriculum through enhanced education abroad opportunities and a new series of annual events that focus on the history and cultural contributions of a single country.
In 2007 the Queens Chamber of Commerce named Henderson one of the top ten businesswomen in Queens. She speaks frequently at national conferences on strategic planning and its effective implementation. As a math educator, she has done work on cooperative learning and technology in the classroom. Henderson came to QC from Georgia Perimeter College, where in her final position she served as interim provost and provost of the Lawrenceville campus. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics education from Georgia State University and a PhD in higher education from the University of Georgia.