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Hendrix College Names New Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Donna M. Eddleman to lead Student Affairs, beginning July 15

CONWAY, Arkansas (May 08, 2024) — Hendrix College has named Dr. Donna M. Eddleman as its new Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. She was selected following a national search led by Academic Search, Inc., and a campus committee including faculty, staff, alumni, and students and will begin her new role on July 15.

A Pleasant Valley, New York native, Eddleman joins the Hendrix community from the University of Redlands, a private residential liberal arts college in California, where she serves as Vice President for Student Affairs. She brings more than three decades of student affairs experience at liberal arts institutions, including leadership of academic and student success, career services, community programs, conduct, counseling, diversity and inclusion, new student orientation, residence life, service learning, student health, and wellbeing.

Throughout her career, Eddleman has demonstrated a commitment to student engagement and persistence and has prioritized building relationships among the student body to guide her efforts as a student advocate.

“A proven leader with successful experience across student affairs, Dr. Eddleman understands student programs and services are essential to the residential liberal arts experience,” said Hendrix College President Karen Petersen. “We are incredibly fortunate to have her in this critical role as we work to enhance student engagement, leadership, persistence, and success.”

At Hendrix, Eddleman will lead a broad range of student support services, including residential life and housing, student activities, student services, and counseling services.

“I am so excited that Dr. Eddleman will be joining our team at Hendrix,” said Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the College Dr. Teresa Garrett, who begins her role on July 1. “Her depth of experience in student affairs will help us to achieve our goals for the student experience in and out of the classroom.”

Among her responsibilities will be overseeing student success efforts to improve retention, persistence, graduation, and career outcomes; driving initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all Student Affairs offices; and fostering strong collaborations with partners in Academic Affairs, Athletics, and across campus.

“I look forward to engaging with students, working collaboratively with campus colleagues to support the student experience, and celebrating student persistence and success throughout their educational journey,” said Eddleman.

Eddleman, a first-generation college student, earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from State University of New York at Albany before working in residence and student life. She later earned a master’s degree in student services personnel administration from Utah State University, and her doctorate in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William and Mary. Her career includes roles of progressive leadership responsibility at Manhattanville College, New York University-Abu Dhabi, West Texas A&M University, Southern Utah University, and Christopher Newport University.

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. Learn more at

“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity, service, and joy.” —Hendrix College Statement of Purpose