UL-Lafayette names James Henderson provost UL-Lafayette names James Henderson provost Advocate staff report Jan. 23, 2014 Comments LAFAYETTE — James Henderson began work Monday as the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the university announced Thursday. Henderson will oversee the general direction of UL-Lafayette’s instruction, research and outreach activities. He also will handle academic affairs, student affairs, advancement and administration. Deans of the academic colleges will report to Henderson, and he will be responsible for recruiting new faculty members. Before joining UL-Lafayette, Henderson served as dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University in Los Angeles. He also worked in administration at the University of Colorado and Colorado College. Henderson, a Louisiana native, earned his master’s degree and doctorate in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas-Austin. He replaces Bradd Clark, the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs since July 2013.