MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Maryville College professor Frances Henderson is making history at the East Tennessee school.
The Daily Times reports Henderson is the first African-American woman to be awarded tenure at Maryville College.
Henderson moved to the area six years ago to teach political science. She says she is "honored" by the award.
Barbara Wells, who is vice president and dean of the college, said Henderson has leadership skills that will make a positive difference on the campus.
Currently, Henderson is the only African-American on faculty at the college, but she said she has seen the school working toward becoming more diverse.