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Hendrix Alumna to be Deputy Chief of Staff for Defense Secretary

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CONWAY, Ark. (November 18, 2013) – Hendrix alumna Wendy Anderson, a 1993 graduate, was recently hired by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to be his deputy chief of staff.

"Wendy is well known in the Pentagon as a driving force in solving some of the most complicated management challenges facing the Department and has earned the trust and respect of the Pentagon's civilian and military leadership alike," outgoing Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. "She brings to the office deep experience in defense policy, intelligence oversight and management."

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Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in religion from Hendrix in 1993, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

She is a 2011 recipient of the Hendrix Odyssey Medal for Global Awareness. More information on Anderson is available here.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth 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 latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit