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Hendrix Announces $110 Million Campaign

IMG_1167CONWAY, Ark. (October 28, 2016) – Hendrix College announced the public phase of a $110 million campaign at a special ceremony today on campus after a meeting of the Hendrix Board of Trustees.

The campaign, titled “Be Hendrix,” will support scholarships, as well as new programmatic centers for career services, diversity and inclusion, and teaching and learning.

The most visible campaign project will be the Miller Creative Quad in the center of campus on the site of Hulen Hall. The new mixed-use project will combine student living space with classrooms, faculty offices, and practice space for music, as well as a new art museum and auditorium. The $24 million total cost includes $16 million for construction and an $8 million endowment for the museum.

Hendrix alumna and Board of Trustees member Carolyn L. Miller ’74 and her husband David B. Miller of Dallas, Texas, provided the initial support for the project with a $5 million gift from the David B. Miller Family Foundation.

This fall, the Windgate Charitable Foundation of Siloam Springs awarded a $10 million grant to fund the Windgate Museum of Art in the Creative Quad. The Windgate Foundation has previously supported arts and religious life programming, as well as scholarship opportunities, at Hendrix.

“We are proud to partner with Hendrix College in this critical initiative,” said Windgate Charitable Foundation Executive Director John E. Brown III. “Not only will the Creative Quad and Windgate Museum of Art connect the creative arts to every students’ experience on campus, it will be a tremendous resource for the central Arkansas community and regional artists.”

“Hendrix is so fortunate to be the beneficiary of generous donors like the Miller family, the Windgate Foundation, and so many others,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. “Our reputation as one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges would not be possible without their investment and support.”

The $110 million campaign goal includes $25 million in annual support, $25 million for capital projects, and $60 million in endowed gifts for scholarships and new programs such as the Center for Inclusive Community, the Center for Career Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

“This campaign will help us continue to make Hendrix more affordable and more diverse, energize campus life with the arts, revitalize the residential experience, expand resources for faculty, and increase internships and other hands-on learning opportunities that prepare students for life after Hendrix,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui.

Hendrix has secured more than $70 million in gifts and pledges toward its total goal, Tsutsui said. Three of the five largest individual gifts in the College’s history have been given in the last two years, he added.

Last fall, Hendrix received a $26 million gift, the largest in the College’s history, from the estate of Mary Ann and David Dawkins of Little Rock to support scholarships and launch the fundraising effort to construct a new welcome center for prospective students and families at the northeast corner of campus on the site of the former Raney Building.

In August, Hendrix completed a $1 million challenge from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to support the Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center. The Welcome Center, now under construction, will be the new home of the College’s Admission and Financial Aid offices.

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“Be Hendrix” Campaign Priorities

Endowed Scholarship Support

“In a time of widespread concern over the cost of higher education, we must redouble our efforts to make a Hendrix education affordable and accessible to all students,” Tsutsui said. “The new Hendrix Arkansas Advantage and Hendrix Aspire Scholarship programs have sent a strong message to students in our state that Hendrix is committed to keeping a nationally recognized liberal arts education within reach. We must continue these crucial investments in access and affordability with new endowed scholarship support.”

The Center for Inclusive Community

“Opening the gates wider requires our community to provide the programming, training, and support necessary for all students at Hendrix to feel connected and experience success,” said Tsutsui. “The Center for Inclusive Community will allow our campus to provide strategic, systematic programming and training aligned with our commitment to diversity and inclusion. The center staff will serve as advocates for students, support them with programming, and connect them to resources to promote their achievement at Hendrix and beyond.”

The Center for Career Services

“The Center for Career Services will develop career-preparation skills that Hendrix students need to be successful in the knowledge economy and 21st century workplace through a combination of high-touch, individual advising and innovative, collaborative programming,” Tsutsui said. “This programming will adopt a student life-cycle approach, moving students from awareness, to action, to leadership, to launch into life after Hendrix. More students will engage, learn and grow through networking, shadowing, mentoring and internship programs. Strategic, sustainable, on-campus partnerships and a more focused and highly coordinated network of alumni, parents, Trustees, community members and employers will make this expanded programming possible.” 

The Center for Teaching and Learning

“The quality of teaching and learning that have defined and enriched the student and faculty experience at Hendrix for decades cannot only be celebrated, it must be strengthened,” said Tsutsui. “The Teaching and Learning Center will promote student learning and enrich the liberal arts experience with programming focused on best practices and evidence-based pedagogical research. Students will benefit from new hands-on learning opportunities and intellectual activities with classmates and faculty, such as intensive individual tutoring and collaborative group learning, problem solving, and study sessions.”

“Be Hendrix” Campaign Committee

The “Be Hendrix” campaign committee members include: Joe Goyne ’69 (Co-chair), Jan Hundley ’80 (Co-chair), Luke Duffield ’91, Bo Frazier ’81, Kenny Gunderman ’93, David Knight ’71 (Chair, Board of Trustees), Tim Lomax (parent of Class of 2012 Hendrix graduate), Barbara Moore ’63, Hank Neely ’83, and Derrick Smith ’97.

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit