Hendrix Leadership

Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd

Cloyd, Timothy


Timothy Cloyd became the 10th President of Hendrix College on October 22, 2001. In February 2013, he announced his plans to step down from the position and begin a long overdue sabbatical. 

During President Cloyd’s tenure, the Hendrix student experience was enriched by the creation of Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning; the Hendrix Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling; the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture; a student and faculty exchange program in Harbin, China; and the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program; and many others. President Cloyd dramatically increased philanthropic support for Hendrix, which helped to increase financial assistance for students, endow innovative academic and co-curricular programs, and build state-of-the-art academic, athletic, and student life facilities.

Before assuming the presidency, he served Hendrix as Vice President for Development and College Relations for nearly five years. As the College’s chief development and college relations officer, Cloyd’s successes included raising more than $53 million in new gifts and pledges through the first comprehensive national capital campaign in the history of the College. During his tenure, the College raised $72 million in gifts and pledges on a donor base of only 10,000. One of those gifts was the largest in the College’s 125-year history: an $11 million gift for the new life sciences building. He increased annual giving from $1 million to $1.7 million per year and alumni participation from 24% to 42%. Cloyd also managed government relations, public relations and marketing, and strategic planning for the College. He and his staff received the Circle of Excellence Award for Fundraising from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in both 1999 and 2000 for accomplishments in development.

Dr. Cloyd coordinated The Program in Social and Political Thought at Vanderbilt University from 1991-1994 where he was also a member of the faculty in Political Science. He managed a United States Senate race in Tennessee in 1994. From 1990-1991, Dr. Cloyd was a Research Fellow for the Institute for the Study of World Politics. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., he conducted research on technology trade and security issues in Paris, London, Bonn, and Brussels. Prior to joining Hendrix, Dr. Cloyd served as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1994-1997.

Dr. Cloyd has a record of publication that includes a book and a study guide. The book, titled Politics and the Human Body, is a collection of essays and was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 1995. The study guide is titled The Gulf War and Just War: A Study Guide on the Persian Gulf War and deals with theories of justice and warfare.

Cloyd earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Emory and Henry College in Virginia with a double major in philosophy and political science in 1985; and completed graduate courses in the School of Management and received a Master of Arts in political science in 1990 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1991 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is fluent in Dutch/Flemish and works hard to speak French and German.