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Hendrix Alumna Named Chief of Operations for Peace Corps Volunteer Recruitment and Selection

Erin GibbsCONWAY, Ark. (January 12, 2017) – Hendrix College alumna Erin R. Gibbs ’98 was recently named Chief of Operations for the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection in Washington, D.C.

In her new role, she leads the day-to-day management of the office that is responsible for recruiting and placing qualified men and women who represent the diversity of the United States to help meet the technical needs of more than 60 host countries around the world. The recruitment effort is a key component of Peace Corps’ overall mission.

Before joining Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., Gibbs served as the Director of Management and Operations in Romania and in Cambodia. She piloted the first peer audit program in Armenia and Indonesia and assisted with the closing of volunteer programs in Romania and Kazakhstan.

A native of Van Buren, Ark., Gibbs earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business in 1998 and a master of arts in accounting degree in 1999 from Hendrix. 

Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Gibbs worked in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and JPMS Cox, in Little Rock, Ark. She was inspired to embark on an international career after being introduced to Rotary International, a service organization whose stated purpose is bringing together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

In 2007, Gibbs began as a Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer in Macedonia, where she utilized her skills as an accountant to contribute to a local municipal office outside the capital of Skopje. As a volunteer, she also participated in the facilitation of Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), a national multi-ethnic program catered to young girls. During her time in Macedonia, Gibbs also spearheaded the first ever leadership program for underprivileged Roma youth. She says her fondest achievement is creating a legacy for her sister, a current Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana. 

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In 2016, Hendrix was accepted by the Peace Corps as one of only 60 colleges and universities nationwide to offer the Peace Corps Prep Program.   

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