Hall of Fame Member Biographies

George Henderson

George Henderson joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 1967 as a professor of Sociology. He was the first black professor to establish a home in Norman and the first in Oklahoma to occupy an endowed chair when he was appointed Sylvan Goldman Professor of Human Relations. Henderson founded the Human Relations program at OU and helped establish Head Start programs throughout the state. He authored or co-authored twenty-nine books on race relations and cultural diversity. He was named a David Ross Boyd Professor, Regents’ Professor, and Kerr-McGee Presidential Professor of Human Relations by the OU regents. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2003.