Hendrix Welcomes Six New Trustees

CONWAY, Ark. (September 13, 2013) – The Hendrix College Board of Trustees recently added six new members.

The new Board of Trustees members are:

  • Rev. Pam Estes, Lakeside United Methodist Church, Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Rev. David Fleming ’84, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church, Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Hayden Franks, M.D., ’89, Dermatology Group of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jan Nelson Hundley ’80, chief operating officer, Arkansas Otolaryngology, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Rev. Mark McDonald ’88, First United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Ark.
  • Rev. G. Mackey Yokem ’72, executive director of mission and ministry, Arkansas Annual Conference, Little Rock, Ark.

“Hendrix is very fortunate to have a visionary Board of Trustees that is committed to enhancing the educational experience for every student,” said Acting President W. Ellis Arnold III. “We are excited to welcome our new members and grateful for their leadership and commitment to the continued success of Hendrix as one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges.”

The new Board of Trustees members will attend their first meeting in October.

Board member bios:

Rev. Estes is an alumna of Ouachita Baptist University, where she earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and music education and a master’s degree in music education. She received a master’s degree in library and information services at the George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University, as well as master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology, New Testament, and pastoral care from Boston University School of Theology. She has served as vice-chair of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, chair of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, dean of the 2013 School of Mission, and on the board of the Arkansas United Methodist Foundation. She is currently senior pastor at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff.

Dr. Franks is a Hendrix alumnus and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, where he completed his internship in the Department of Internal Medicine and residency in the Department of Dermatology. He currently practices at Dermatology Group of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Mrs. Hundley is a Hendrix alumnus and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas. A member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, she serves on the board of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County. She is the chief operating officer for Arkansas Otolaryngology. 

Rev. McDonald is an alumnus of Hendrix and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, where he received the Karis Stahl Fadley Award. He is currently the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, where he also serves as chaplain for the Jacksonville Police Department and is active in the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council, Rotary Club, and Jacksonville Pastor’s Alliance. 

Rev. Yokem is an alumnus of Hendrix and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He has served as the executive director of Camp Aldersgate, director of church relations at Hendrix, pastor at Primrose United Methodist Church in Little Rock, and senior pastor of United Methodist congregations in Gurdon, Lonoke, Warren and Russellville. He served as district superintendent of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Annual Conference from 2007 to 2013. Currently appointed as executive director of mission and ministry of the Arkansas Annual Conference, he oversees the strategic alignment of the Imagine Ministry process across the Annual Conference, Connectional Ministries and serves as assistant to the Bishop.

Rev. Fleming is an alumnus of Hendrix and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He was named 2003 Youth Director of the Year at the 2003 Steel-Hendrix Awards banquet. He is currently senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff and chair of the leadership board for the Southeast District United Methodist Church.

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