Interim Dean

Henrietta Williams Pichon, Ph.D.

Henrietta Williams Pichon, Ph.D.

Henrietta Williams Pichon

Dr. Henrietta Williams Pichon was named Interim Dean in the College of Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, September 1, 2020. Prior to accepting the Interim Dean position, Dr. Pichon held the position of Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education from August 2018 to August 2020. Before that, she was a faculty member in the Educational Leadership and Administration unit since August 2013, which is now housed in the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership. Dr. Pichon has worked in academia since January 1994. She has experience as a student retention administrator, faculty member, program coordinator, and college administrator. She earned a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary English education from Louisiana Tech University.  She earned a Ph.D. in education administration (higher education) from the University of New Orleans.


Dr. Pichon began her career in higher education as a retention counselor at the University of New Orleans and worked her way up the ranks to become the director of several retention programs: special admission, Summer Bridge, and academically suspended students. In 2005, Dr. Pichon joined the faculty ranks at Rowan University teaching in the Educational Leadership doctoral degree program where she taught research tool courses as well as courses within the higher education master’s degree program. She joined the faculty at Northwestern State University in 2007 where she earned the rank of Associate Professor in 2012 and recommended for tenure in 2013 prior to leaving. In 2013, she joined the faculty at New Mexico State University.  As a student retention administrator and faculty member, her research, administrative, and teaching interests have always centered around access, development, and persistence of historically underserved persons in higher education to include students, faculty, and staff.


While a faculty member at NMSU, Dr. Pichon has participated in scholarship in various ways. She has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. She has also presented her work at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Pichon has earned several teaching awards. Most recently, she earned the Leading the Way (2018) and the Rousch (2016) teaching awards. She was selected to participate in Teaching with the Stars as an award winning teacher for two consecutive years. She was the recipient of the Emerging Scholar internal grant, which has led to several publications, presentations, and grant proposals. At the national level, Dr. Pichon received the Service Award for her work with the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education.


To that end, Dr. Pichon has served her students, colleagues, and the profession well. She has chaired and served on doctoral committees, as well as served on master comprehensive examinations. Also, she has served as a program reviewer and served on countless committees for several professional and research organizations, such as AABHE (secretary), AERA, ASHE, NASPA (West IV, New Mexico recruiter), and LACUSPA (faculty representative). She has served as a peer evaluator for regional accreditation. She is co-editor of the Journal of the Professoriate.