Hendrix Leadership

Dr. Joe B. Hatcher

Joe Hatcher


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Hatcher, holds an A.B. degree in English from the University of Wichita and both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Kansas. In 1981, he came to Hendrix from Albion College in Michigan, where he had served as vice president for college relations and development. During his tenure, enrollment stabilized at around 1,000 students, the college’s endowment reached $60 million and two buildings were constructed while six others were renovated completely. Dr. Hatcher remained active in Conway's business community and in higher education in Arkansas after leaving the presidency in 1991. He served as the Headmaster at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock on an interim basis on two different occasions in the years shortly before his death on June 1, 2012.