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Hendrix President to Receive JASGA’s Inaugural Bridges to Friendship Award

President TsutsuiCONWAY, Ark. (February 13, 2015) – Hendrix College President Bill Tsutsui will receive the inaugural Bridges to Friendship Award from the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA).

President Tsutsui will accept the award this spring at the JASGA's first Award Dinner in Austin, Texas. Tsutsui will also be the keynote speaker for the international event, which brings together the Japanese and American communities “to recognize leaders in the field of U.S. – Japan friendship relations.”   

“I am deeply honored to receive the inaugural Bridges to Friendship award from the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin and to speak at the organization’s first award dinner,” said President Tsutsui. “As a Japanese historian, a Japanese-American and a native Texan, this recognition is truly special and humbling.”

President Tsutsui will be formally inaugurated as the 11thPresident of Hendrix College on April 18. Visit the official inauguration site here and learn more about President Tsutsui here.

About the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) is a Texas nonprofit educational organization that bridges the cultures of Japan and central Texas and works for friendly US-Japan relations. Its mission is to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the people of the US and Japan in providing programs and events that help to expand knowledge, increase personal interaction, and facilitate discussion of important issues. The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), headquartered in Washington, D.C., which links more than 36 local Japan-America societies. NAJAS is the only national nonprofit network in the United States dedicated to public education about Japan. 

About Hendrix College

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. This year, Hendrix was named the country’s #1 “Up and Coming” liberal arts college and #8 in the nation for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Forbesmagazine's list of America's Top Colleges, the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, and the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit