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Hendrix Begins Search for New President

CONWAY, Ark. (April 29, 2013) – A national search to hire a new president is now under way at Hendrix College. The new leader will replace Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd, who announced on Feb. 15 that he would step down after 12 years as the College’s 10th president.

David Knight, a 1971 Hendrix graduate and chair of the Hendrix College Board of Trustees, and Randy Wilbourn, a 1968 alumnus and Board of Trustee member, will co-chair the search committee. Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a national higher education and not-for-profit executive search firm, is assisting the College with the search process.

“Naturally, every college sees itself as unique. But as a nationally-recognized leader in the liberal arts and pioneer in hands-on, engaged learning, Hendrix never fails to pleasantly surprise those just discovering us,” wrote Knight and Wilbourn in a letter announcing the search. “Evidence of this starts with the inclusive nature of our campus community and culture, and extends throughout our fiercely loyal alumni. This presidential search will be inclusive, as well … Our search committee invites the entire Hendrix community — faculty, students, staff, alumni, trustees, parents, United Methodists, and friends — to share their thoughts and views about the kind of leadership required to build on the momentum created by the successes of the past decade and to lead Hendrix to an even more successful future.”

Additional information and updates on the search will be available via a web page linked to the College’s primary website, found at

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit