History of Hendrix



Hendrix became a member of the non-athletic scholarship Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. An expanded collegiate athletic program included men's baseball, women's volleyball and soccer for both men and women.

Dr. Ann Die was installed as the ninth president of Hendrix College.


Hendrix inaugurated Western Intellectual Traditions, a two-course sequence for all entering students. The course was developed through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a gift from the Pyeatt family.


Hendrix starts the Program in Religious Education, church Music, and Youth Ministry. It was later renamed the Religious Education Advancement Program (REAP). The two-year, non-degree program is offered to educate laity to become leaders within the United Methodist Church.


The academic minor system began. The system includes 25 academic minors.


An open visitation policy was adopted which allowed residence halls to vote on the length of visitation hours up to 24 hours per day.


This was an exciting year of growth and change for the College. The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded Hendrix the largest gift in its 122-year history with $10.8 million for a new center for the life sciences. Construction began on new residence houses, and renovation and construction work was started on the new physical sciences center, formerly Reynolds Hall. The year also marked the end of the Old Bailey Library in the middle of campus, which was demolished to make room for the new Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Life Sciences.

The College enrolled the first class in its new master's in accounting degree program.


Acxiom and Charles Morgan donated a combined $2.8 million, the third largest gift in the College's history. Also, the College received $1.3 million from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. and pledges from Conway Corp. and the Sturgis Trust of $500,000 each. These contributions went toward construction of the Charles D. Morgan Center for the Physical Sciences, part of a renewal program replacing all science classroom and laboratory space and providing the latest technology and equipment.

Hendrix was one of only seven schools in the Southwest selected by the Peace Corps to receive an award for its outstanding contributions to international service.