Hendrix Leadership

About the President

J. Timothy Cloyd, Ph.D.
President and Professor of Politics, Hendrix College

J. Timothy Cloyd became the 10th president of Hendrix College, a Tier 1 national liberal arts college, in 2001.  Under his leadership the institution’s enrollment has grown by over 50% and the faculty by 35%. His strategic vision has made Hendrix a national leader in engaged liberal arts and has enhanced the institution’s visibility and prestige.  He has worked for Hendrix College for more than 16 years, first as vice president for advancement and then in 2001 becoming President of the College.  During this period of time he has raised more than $160 million for the endowment and to fund numerous academic and capital projects, including 17 new buildings. The initiatives undertaken by Hendrix under Dr. Cloyd’s leadership have raised the quality indicators of the student body, increased diversity and driven internationalization.  His strategy to differentiate the College increased net student revenue from 2004-2010 by more than 52%. 

A professor of politics and international relations, Dr. Cloyd has taught courses at Hendrix that have included: War and Terrorism, The Classics and Leadership, Theories of International Relations, and Western Political Thought. 

Before joining Hendrix, Dr. Cloyd was on the political science faculty at Vanderbilt University where he taught comparative and international politics.  He also served in the administration there in the College of Arts and Sciences as the program coordinator for the Program in Social and Political Thought from 1991-1994.  In that role he coordinated programs among nine of Vanderbilt’s colleges and schools to develop interdisciplinary conferences and certificate programs.  In 1990 he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Europe with the Institute for the Study of World Politics.  His work focused on trade agreements and the liberalization of security controls on dual use technology trade with Eastern Europe.  This involved research with government and European officials, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers military and intelligence officials, and NATO officials. 

Dr. Cloyd graduated magna cum laude with a double major in philosophy and political science in 1985 from Emory and Henry College in Virginia.  Playing lacrosse and baseball, he was a Division III intercollegiate athlete.  He earned an M.A. in 1990 and a Ph.D. in 1991 in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  During his time there, he also studied in the Isenberg School of Management in the areas of finance and management.  Dr. Cloyd received continuing education at Harvard University in the area of Educational Management.

Nationally, he has served on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and on the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Education.  He serves on the Board of the International Student Exchange Program.  He is currently vice chair of the Associated Colleges of the South, and he has served as chair of the Southern University Conference.  President Cloyd is also on the Board of Directors of The Village at Hendrix, LLC, a for-profit affiliated with Hendrix.  He is on the Board of a not-for-profit NGO: Bridge to Rwanda. 

His recent presentations and papers include: “Price, Discount, and Market Differentiation,” at the American Council on Education; “The President’s Role in College Turnarounds,” at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; “Making the Case for Liberal Arts Education,” The Council of Independent Colleges; “Marketing, Branding, and Positioning in Higher Education,” The American Association of Governing Boards; and “Leadership, the Presidency, and the Liberal Arts,” Phi Beta Kappa. 

Among President Cloyd’s academic publications are Politics and the Human Body, a book he edited with University of Chicago Political Philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain (Vanderbilt University Press).  Dr. Cloyd also edited The Gulf War and Just War: A Study Guide on the Persian Gulf War  (Vanderbilt University, Program in Social and Political Thought).

The innovations undertaken by Hendrix during Dr. Cloyd’s eleven years of leadership have been featured in the New York Times, Money Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, and Time Magazine.  His leadership has been featured in a book titled Leading Change, How Boards and Presidents Build Exceptional Academic Institutions, (The American Association of Governing Boards, 2011).  In 2011 U.S. News & World Report recognized the continued entrepreneurial success of Hendrix College, but what is more remarkable is that the selection of Hendrix as the number one innovative liberal arts college in America for the third year in a row was a product of nominations and votes by presidents of other institutions across the country.  Dr. Cloyd is an active consultant in higher education, organizational culture, management, and development.

Dr. Cloyd leads an institution of over 450 dedicated employees on a net asset base of $375 million.  S&P has given Hendrix an A stable rating.  Hendrix’s operating budget is $60 million and the endowment value is approximately $175 million.  Sheltering a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the College is one of 16 members of the Associated Colleges of the South (“The Sweet 16”) and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Baccalaureate I Arts and Sciences institution.  Distinguished by a student body of unusual academic strength and scholarly faculty dedicated to undergraduate teaching, Hendrix has produced 6 Rhodes Scholars, 29 Watson Fellows, 25 Goldwater Scholars, 3 Truman Scholars, 2 Jack Kent Cook Scholars, 4 Rotary International Scholars, as well as at least 20 Fulbright recipients.  Since 2001 Dr. Cloyd has added four new NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports (men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, and football), bringing to 21 the number of teams Hendrix fields.  The College has continuously grown its national stature.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix occupies 160 acres in Conway, Arkansas. The campus comprises attractive, well-maintained buildings designed in collegiate gothic style. The College has all new science facilities.  Forty percent of its students major in the sciences.  The College recently completed a new Wellness and Athletic Center and a new Gold LEED-certified Student Life and Technology Center. 

In 2006 the College embarked on a for-profit real estate development venture.  This neighborhood has been designed by the firm Duany Plater Zyberg, led by Andres Duany, from Miami, Florida, who designed Seaside as well as numerous other national and international award-winning city plans.  Created in the style of new-urbanism, Phase I of the development is almost complete.  The entire build out calls for 600 dwellings with mixed use commercial areas.  It has turned out to be a synergistic force allowing Hendrix students to experience urban life in a city of about 60,000. 

The College has approximately 1,475 students, and an 11-1 student/faculty ratio.  Students’ average ACT scores are 29.8, average SAT scores are 1310, and average high school GPA is a 3.9.  Twenty percent of Hendrix students receive Pell Grants.  Hendrix’s athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III as members of the Southern Athletic Association.  The campus culture is typified as a progressive, democratic, demanding but supportive environment with earnest participation in academic life as the norm.  The College is also known nationally for its commitment to engaged, hands-on, liberal arts and sciences experiences.  This is manifested through the program that Hendrix designed titled Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning. 

While Dr. Cloyd’s family roots are in the American South, he spent his formative years living on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  His parents were the headmasters of the Navajo United Methodist Mission School between Shiprock and Farmington, New Mexico.  Prior to this, his family lived and worked as missionaries in the Katonga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Dr. Cloyd has two sons – Samuel (14) and Thomas (12).



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