By Natalie Atkins
Jack grew up in North Little Rock and graduated from Hendrix with a B.A.
in history and political science. In 1975, he received a master of arts
degree in teaching from Vanderbilt University and began teaching seventh-
and eighth-grade American History in Nashville, Tenn. He currently serves as
Senior Development Officer at Hendrix.
Jack is married to Sarah Weir Frost '72. They have two
children, Allen Frost who is a graduate student at Stanford University and
Kate Frost Walker, a teacher in Rogers. Jack enjoys reading and traveling.
He is currently enjoying studying art history and combined this interest
with his travels during a recent trip to Italy and France. Jack and Sarah
just welcomed their first grandchild.
Life as a Student
As a student, Jack participated in the choir, madrigals, theatre, Leonard
Brenske's cafeteria scrap room crew, Young Democrats and Hardin Hall's
Animal Alley intramural squad.
In 1970, the choir took a five-week trip to Europe. Jack had dreamed all
his life of going to Europe. He says, "It was everything and more." The
group sang in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and also visited Paris. They
spent three weeks in Vienna, where they performed at a symposium with three
other American choirs. The groups performed separately and also practiced
together to perform Mendelssohn's Elijah in The Mozart Concerthaus.
One of the more interesting performances of the trip took place in
Interlaken, Switzerland. The group was prepared to present a traditional
college repertoire, including religious and spiritual songs, but on this
particular occasion when the curtain opened, their stage began to move them
forward toward a casino audience!
Life as an Employee
Jack first served the college in a professional capacity from 1976 until
1988 in the Office of Admission. He then worked for the investment firm now
known as Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and briefly for First Commercial
Investments in Little Rock. In 1995, he returned to the Office of Admission.
He served there for 14 years before leaving his position as Senior Associate
Director of Admission and Director of International Recruitment to join the
development staff in August 2009. Altogether, Jack has served Hendrix
College for 27 years.
Initially, he says what he enjoyed most about working at Hendrix was
pitching the College to prospective students, then seeing those students
enroll and flourish at the College. "Today, working at Hendrix means working
with a different constituency, but the charge I get still stems from helping
the College to advance a mission I so wholeheartedly believe in," he says.
"Seeing my alma mater get the recognition she so richly deserves means a lot
According to one high school counselor, Jack will do anything to get
Hendrix a little extra publicity. The night before a visit to a high school
in Northwest Arkansas, Jack was robbed at his hotel. He arrived at the
school the next morning to applause from the student body and a copy of the
local paper which read "Hendrix Employee Robbed at Local Inn." It may not
have been intentional, but Jack drew attention to Hendrix that day and he
continues to help put the College in the spotlight through his dedicated