Rob O'Connor, a 1995 Hendrix graduate, joined the Development Office in 2006 as Director of Foundation Relations before transitioning to the College's communications team. He is a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Gold Award and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Arkansas Bronze Quill Award winner. A former print journalist, he was recognized by the Arkansas Press Association and Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors and was named the 2006 U.S. Small Business Association Arkansas Small Business Journalist of the Year. He earned a master's degree in professional and technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a 2013 Faulkner County Leadership Institute graduate and a current board member of the Conway Downtown Partnership and Conway Public Schools Foundation.