Paula Henderson is the CHRO at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) which includes the health system, seven professional schools, and the research mission.
In her CHRO role at Mississippi’s only academic medical center, Henderson provides strategic direction for human resources functions in support of UMMC’s mission and long-term strategic goals, as well as operational planning and support for all human resources functions, for greater than 10,000 employed faculty and staff and nearly 3,000 students.
Prior to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Henderson was VP, HR with the University of Maryland Medical System based in Baltimore and was responsible for approximately 46 percent of the system and more than 10,000 employees at the three institutions for which she had oversight: University of Maryland Medical Center (University and Midtown Campuses) and UM Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. She served as a strategic partner and internal consultant to executive and line management and provided strategic leadership and specialized human resources expertise to assist the three hospitals in achieving their strategic and operational objectives.
Previously, Henderson held leadership roles in Development for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Maryland, Human Resources at GTE Government Systems Corp. in Massachusetts and at Macy’s, Inc. in Pennsylvania.
She earned a B.A. in French/Business from West Virginia University, and an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).