In Leading Change: How Boards and Presidents Build Exceptional Academic Institutions, Hendrix College is one of 18 institutions profiled by author Terrence Mactaggart. Here’s a couple excerpts:
On September 11, the Hendrix board was interviewing new presidential candidates. It selected J. Timothy Cloyd, then vice president for development and college relations, who held a doctorate in political science and had taught at Vanderbilt University. Since then, the story has been one of a highly engaged board working closely with an entrepreneurial president to meet the demands of the crisis and use it as a springboard to advance Hendrix as a national leader in liberal arts and sciences education.
How the Odyssey program made Hendrix such a success:
What makes a relatively small liberal arts college with high tuition in a non-destination town successful? Part of the answer lies in its two most distinctive academic programs: the sciences and the Odyssey program. Science has been a strong point of the curriculum for many years. More recently, Hendrix established the Odyssey Program to provide an exciting curricular and co-curricular experience. The brainchild of [Tim Cloyd], this program requires all students to engage in experiences that are approved and mentored by the faculty in three of the following six areas: artistic creativity, global awareness, professional leadership development, service to the world, undergraduate research, and special projects. The program defines the Hendrix experience and differentiates the college.
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