A building on the Henderson campus Larry Massey

As Henderson State University grapples with faculty layoffs and other budget cuts, the Arkadelphia-based college is now looking for someone to head its alumni office.

Leah F. Sexton notified the university last week that she’s leaving the job next month to become senior administrative officer at Horizon Capital Partners Inc. Ross Whipple, a former trustee at Henderson, is the managing partner of Horizon.


The Arkansas Times obtained the letter and other information under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

As director of Henderson’s Office of Alumni Engagement, Sexton made $48,632 until recent furloughs knocked her salary down to $38,905.60, according to Jeff Hankins, spokesman for the Arkansas State University System of which Henderson is now a part.


Despite the layoffs, Henderson apparently intends to fill the upcoming vacancy, though the position now will be called director of development and alumni relations, according to a job posting. The posting says salary will be “commensurate with experience.”