Bert Henderson's Clemson career began in 1978 as an athletic trainer. Throughout his time at Clemson, he has become comfortable in any situation, whether it is wrapping ankles, or raising money for IPTAY. Before officially beginning his administrative career, Henderson served as a trainer on the 1981 National Championship team.
His administrative tenure at Clemson began when he served as business manager and trainer for Bill Foster's basketball teams (1982-1984). His duties included the team's travel arrangements and special needs. In 1984, he moved to Clemson's Alumni Center as a field agent. While there, he set up visiting team headquarters, and managed Clemson Alumni and Clemson Club meetings. In addition, he initiated the umbrella structure for which all alumni and athletic activities take place. In 1985, he became IPTAY's first Associate Executive Director.
In 2004, Henderson became IPTAY's Executive Director. He provided new opportunities with IPTAY's annual giving levels, establishing the Heisman level at $10,000 annually and securing 100 donors in the first year of 2005. Later he established the McFadden level, $5,600 annually, and the Howard level, $2,100 annually, to allow donors to move up from within, while helping the growth of IPTAY.
Henderson enhanced and developed the bar code data system for IPTAY, restructured the priority points system in 2001, and helped the technical communication of the database. He has secured numerous naming opportunities and endowments. Dean and Ann Coleman honored him in 2001 when they endowed a trainer's position in his name.
His current duties at IPTAY include coordinating planned giving for Clemson University athletics. Henderson works with donors to help establish the best method to provide gifts to Clemson athletics' future. Bequests, trusts, endowments and other financial tools will be a part of gift and estate planning. He also works directly with Clemson University and the Clemson Athletic Capital Campaign offices to secure the best procedures for the donor and Clemson's future for all capital gifts.
Henderson graduated from Mars Hill College in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health. He earned a master's of education in administration and supervision from Clemson in 1980. Henderson served as an instructor in the education department for 12 years. He was also a co-host of the Tiger Tailgate Show for four years. He is professionally associated with the National Society of Fundraising Executives, Tiger Brotherhood, and is a South Carolina State Constable. He is married to Lee Ann Hudson and they have two daughters, Amy Lee and Kimberly, who both graduated from Clemson.