Hendrix Magazine

Jack Frost '72

By Natalie Atkins
Staff Writer

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 to me."

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 service.