Paula Henderson joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in December 2017, in the role of chief human resources officer (CHRO). As CHRO, 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. Prior to joining UMMC, Henderson was vice president of human resources 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 bachelor of arts degree in French/business from West Virginia University, and her master’s of business administration degree with a concentration in human resources management from University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).A native western New Yorker, Henderson welcomes the opportunities her resident states have afforded her along her journey and is now enjoying the exploration of her new state of Mississippi, actively validating her theory that Jackson is a “foodie” town. Her most treasured time is time spent with her partner, Brian; her grown daughters, Megan and Molly; and her friends she refers to as family.