Employee Spotlight

Emily Henson | Director of Financial Aid and Coordinator of Veterans Services | 9 Years at SIC

Emily Henson with her son, Maddux


Master of Higher Education Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Organizations and Committees:

I have been a member of the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) since 2003 and served on Membership Committee (2013), Training and Professional Development Committee (2013, 2014), Legislative Issues Committee (2015), and Veterans Advisory Committee (Chair, 2015). Outside of financial aid I am involved in the Eldorado Garden Club, Team RWB Marion Chapter, and serve in the children’s ministry and new mom’s ministry at my church.

What other positions have you held at SIC?

I started at SIC in 2003 as a Financial Aid Assistant. In 2006, I was promoted to director and then rehired in 2010 as director.

What positions have you held prior to/in addition to SIC?

I was hired at SIC after graduating with my Associate degree in 2003. In 2006, I was promoted to the Director of Financial Aid but accepted a position at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2007. In 2009, I returned to Illinois and worked at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) until I was rehired as director in 2010.

What does SIC means to you?

I started SIC as a toddler in the Child Study Center. After graduating high school, I attended SIC majoring in Accounting, worked as a student worker in the Business Office, and then began working here in 2003. I am a second generation SIC student and now my son is a second generation MJOCCS graduate. I love the opportunities SIC paved for me, my family, and others.

What is your favorite memory at SIC?

Every graduation is memorable to me. I love watching students walk through the line and visibly reaping the rewards of their hard work. It makes all the early mornings, late nights, weekend conversations, or random questions at Wal-Mart worth it.

What do you do in your spare time?

Outside of SIC, I am a mother of a six year old boy, Maddux. He and I share a passion for hockey, particularly the Evansville Icemen and Chicago Blackhawks. Maddux plays hockey in Evansville one to two days a week, which keeps us very busy. Other than spending time with my family, I enjoy running, gardening, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?

I love beaches, but my favorite beach has been Anna Maria Island, FL.

In the movie based on your life, who plays you?

I think Reese Witherspoon is just as short, sassy, and spunky as I am!

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

Sheryl Sandberg. COO of Facebook and author of “Lean In.” I highly recommend every young woman to read this book and join the Lean In circle. It is such an inspiration for women seeking their place at the table, equity in relationships, and leading the workforce.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever heard? 

“When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far,” Zambian proverb. I think this speaks volumes in all aspects of life, personal, professional, and spiritual.