Hendrix Trustees Unveil Portrait and Host Event in Honor of Past President Cloyd

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Hendrix College – The portrait was painted by Ming Qin for Portraits, Inc. and will hang in Mills Social Sciences Center alongside the official portraits of former Hendrix leaders.

Dr. Cloyd became the 10th President of Hendrix in October 2001 after serving as Vice President for College Relations and Development for five years. Cloyd, a Professor of Politics, stepped down as President in February 2013. Senior Executive Vice President W. Ellis Arnold III ’79 has since served as Acting President. In November, Dr. Bill Tsutsui, Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University, was named the 11th President of Hendrix and will begin his tenure in June.  

David Knight ’71, Chairman of the Hendrix College Board of Trustees, thanked Cloyd for his 12 years of leadership and applauded his vision to position Hendrix as the national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences. 

“Your vision for Hendrix was the driving force behind the initiatives that brought Hendrix to national attention,” Knight said, addressing former President Cloyd during the portrait unveiling ceremony. “We can see the results today in the Odyssey program, in the Rwandan Presidential Scholars Program, and in the Village at Hendrix.”

“Your vision and leadership have had a positive impact on Hendrix students in the classroom, through Odyssey and outside the classroom through changes such as the successful return of football. Your fund-raising skills have helped raise more than $150 million for Hendrix to support programs and add facilities such as the Student Life and Technology Center and the Wellness and Athletics Center. And, your constant push for innovation has kept Hendrix in the national spotlight.”

“Thanks to your leadership and the dedicated work of Hendrix faculty, staff and students, Hendrix is well positioned for even greater success in the coming years,” Knight said.

Cloyd thanked the Board and Hendrix faculty for its support during his presidential tenure. “Serving has given me great satisfaction,” he said. “It has been an honor.”

            Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.



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