Incoming President: Dr. William M. Tsutsui

William Tsutsui

The Hendrix College Board of Trustees announced this fall that Dr. William M. Tsutsui will become the 11th President of Hendrix College beginning June 2014.

Dr. Tsutsui comes to Hendrix from Southern Methodist University where he led Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the largest of SMU’s seven colleges and schools, as Dean and Professor of History. A specialist in modern Japanese business and economic history, his published books examine topics ranging from banking policy to the film icon Godzilla.

Prior to joining SMU, Tsutsui served as Associate Dean for International Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas where he was a history professor and director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching About Asia in KU’s Center for East Asian Studies.

A Texas native, Tsutsui received a Ph.D. in history at Princeton University in 1995, and a Master of Arts in history there in 1990. He received a Master of Letters in Modern Japanese History from Oxford University’s Corpus Christi College in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies in 1985.

“I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve as President of Hendrix,” Tsutsui said. “Today, despite the challenges faced by all liberal arts colleges, Hendrix holds an enviable position. Your Hendrix Odyssey has clearly energized the campus and provided focus, identity, and national profile in a crowded academic marketplace. I firmly believe that Hendrix is well prepared for the challenges ahead and I look forward to working with the trustees, faculty, staff, and students to make a real contribution to Hendrix’s future.”

During his transition, Dr. Tsutsui will share his experience getting to know current, former and future Hendrix students, faculty and staff members, and the central Arkansas community in this blog.

Read the full news release to learn more about our new President.