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Collins Center taps Ann Henderson to be its new director

Hendersonann160x160With its management stabilized and its financial affairs in order, the Collins Center turned to the University of Florida to find the person to lead what is considered one of the state’s most well-respected think tanks.

The center, named after former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins, announced this week it had hired Ann Henderson as president and CEO. She has been director of the Graham Center for Public Policy at the University of Florida since 2009. She begins her new job on May 16.

For Henderson, the job at Collins offers a chance to return a favor.

Twenty five years ago, when she was a cultural affairs director at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, former Gov. Collins urged her to move to Florida to become head of the Florida Humanities Council. She accepted.

“Joining the Collins Center is an opportunity for me to repay his generosity to me,’’ Henderson said. “He is just a hero in my book. I want the Collins Center to equal to the governor’s legacy and what he did for our state.” Story here.

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