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Denise Henning to Lead Coaching and Mentoring Program

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Denise Henning will assume the role of coordinator for WCE’s Coaching and Mentoring Certificate program on July 1. The program, introduced in 2019, is designed for professionals in any discipline seeking to be effective mentors, mentees and coaches.

Marsha Carr developed Watson’s graduate program in Coaching and Mentoring. Carr is an associate professor at the Watson College and former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. She is a nationally recognized expert in coaching, mentoring and self-mentoring and has authored several books on the topic.

“Coaching and mentoring is important to all aspects of leadership,” Carr said. “I am thrilled that Dr. Henning will continue to grow the program here at Watson. She is a highly skilled leader and will be a great asset to the program.”

Henning is director of the UNCW/3C Collaborative, coordinator of WCE’s Community College Leadership Certificate program and a professor of practice in the Department of Educational Leadership at UNCW’s Watson College of Education. She joined the faculty at UNCW in 2019.

Henning‘s career in higher education has spanned 28 years in both the United States and Canada. She has served as president and CEO at Medicine Hat College, president and CEO of Northwest Community College, president and vice-chancellor for University College of the North and Vice-President of Academic and Research at First Nations University of Canada. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Denise is a proud Cherokee/ Choctaw woman, born in Creek County in Oklahoma.

“I am honored to be coordinating this program. Coaching and mentoring are so important to opportunities for and as leaders in our growth and professional development,” Henning said. “As for the future, we are taking an opportunity to review the certificate that inspires future professionals to work in different fields and help communicate the values, vision and mission of organizations. As well, to assist in the professional development and career trajectories of the people certificate holders may work with from a multitude of professions and careers. I thank Dr. Carr for her commitment and shepherding the Coaching and Mentoring Certificate.”

About the Coaching and Mentoring Certificate Program

The Coaching and Mentoring Certificate is designed to help professionals enhance their leadership qualities and skills. Grounded in the latest research in mentoring and coaching, the program provides graduate students from any discipline the opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective mentors, mentees and coaches.

UNCW is currently accepting applications for a new cohort to begin in the fall. The deadline to apply is July 1. Interested individuals can visit the program website for information or UNCW’s Graduate School to apply.