Welcome Alumni

Dear fellow alumni, 

I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Chair of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. It is inspiring and humbling to work with so many great folks from different generations of the Hendrix alumni community. The association exists, wholly and solely, to help our alumni and, by extension, the College itself, succeed.

Our world becomes more complicated with every passing day.  There are many things that are unknown right now, from CoVid-19, to Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements and efforts to fight racial injustice, economic uncertainty,  and political unrest around the upcoming election. I realize all of these things can cause uneasy feelings. Please know that the Hendrix College, the Alumni Association, and your alumni network around the world are here for you. 

The Alumni Association can help you stay connected to those friends and to the vast resources available here, from the faculty that taught and guided you, to our library, seminars, web sites, social media and an extraordinary variety of "stay connected" programs designed with you in mind. During these extraordinary and trying times, I would challenge you to think of ways you can give back to the University to whatever degree you are comfortable. And I do not mean just monetarily, though that is, of course, always welcome. However, there are many ways to give back, from career and academic mentoring to volunteering time at campus events to simply attending academic and social events, which are virtual right now to keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic. 

It’s exciting to see all the new and wonderful things happening at Hendrix and the ways in which alumni can remain a part of the Hendrix community.  Whether making a contribution to the Hendrix Annual Fund, volunteering your time, or even speaking fondly to a prospective student and their family, the alumni are what make Hendrix special and help the campus thrive.

If you are looking for ways to get involved, please let us know. If you are missing chicken strips on Friday or fried shrimp on Sunday, make a trip back. You can connect through the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement by email at You can also reach out to your classmates on the Alumni Association Board of Governors listing below.

Thank you for visiting our website today, and please come back often. The best way to stay connect is to be informed of all of the alumni events and updates at the Hendrix College website and social media. Follow Hendrix College on the major channels [insert social media links].  We want to promote your successes and ensure you are aware and include in every event.  More importantly, we welcome your feedback and guidance. 


Shana Woodard Graves '05
Chair, 2020-2021 Alumni Association Board of Governors


2020-2021 Alumni Association Board of Governors

2020-2021 Officers: 

Shana Woodard Graves '05, Chair

Sylvia McDaniel Roland '84, Vice Chair

  • Jim Bost '64
  • Susan Hefley Weir '65
  • Carol Faupel Mendel '73
  • Liza Thorn Godwin '76
  • Hank Godwin '76
  • Lezlie Massey Miller '82
  • David Miller '82
  • Lori Sanders Conley '83
  • Sylvia McDaniel Roland '84
  • Khiela Holmes '01
  • Daniel Mwanza '01
  • Maya Lomack Mwanza '02
  • Shana Woodard Graves '05
  • Gary Berner '07
  • Drew Ritchey '09
  • Ryan Hughes Berner '10
  • Curt Poff '11
  • Rachel Froberg Poff '12
  • Lauren Delano '13
  • Elizabeth Dye '16
  • Pratheepa Ravikumar '17
  • Graham Senor '15
  • Molly Morton Bradney '08
  • Pam Brock '79
  • Bo Frazier '81
  • Marilyn Gibson '70
  • Jim Jackson '89
  • Paula Pitts Johnson '69
  • Jeff Pence '68
  • Vicki Scott '68
  • Ples Spradley '15
  • Nate Thomas '10
  • Robert Wolfe '00
  • Jackie Wright '00
  • Walker Dyer '06
  • Cassie Jackson Dyer '06
  • Ashley Ross '96
  • Matty Smith Ross '96
  • Ned Metcalf '67
  • Brett Carr '10
  • Barrett Goodwin '17

Membership on the Alumni Association Board of Governors:

  • Provides opportunities for alumni to give something back to the College.
  • Gives alumni a chance to hear current news from the College.
  • Opens doors for alumni participation in the life of the College in areas of admission, career development, development, and communications.
  • Gives alumni an opportunity to volunteer.
  • Gives alumni a chance to interact with students about their Hendrix experiences.
  • Provides networking opportunities for alumni across the nation and the world.

Alumni Association Awards

The Alumni Association currently gives four awards:

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award is given by the Alumni Association to living alumni who have distinguished themselves in their vocations, service to humanity and service to the College.

Previous recipients

Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award shall be presented to an alumnus or alumna of Hendrix College who has shown accomplishments and promise in his or her chosen profession or in service to the broader community and has demonstrated a continuing loyalty, support and advocacy for the college. The recipient should be within 15 years of his or her graduation from the college (for 2016 awards, the class of 2001 - present will be considered).

Previous recipients

James E. Major Service Award

The James E. Major Service Award was created in 1981 to honor Dr. James E. Major of Little Rock, a 1940 alumnus, senior vice president emeritus and minister in the Little Rock conference of the United Methodist Church. It is given for meritorious service to the College.

Previous recipients

Hendrix College Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award is presented by the Hendrix College Alumni Association to living alumni who have significantly improved the quality of life in the world through their service and dedication to humanity.

Previous recipients


Contact the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement.