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Hendrix Program Leader Honored for International Education

CONWAY, Ark. (April 6, 2022) — Dr. Peter Gess was recently recognized by NAFSA: The Association of International Educators with the 2022 Arkansas State Award in recognition for his contributions to the field of international education, the State of Arkansas, and NAFSA Region III (which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas).

Dr. Gess became the College’s first Director of International Programs in September 2007 and currently serves as Associate Provost for Engaged Learning and Associate Professor of Politics.

“I am greatly humbled by this honor awarded by my peers across the state,” Gess said. “I continue to be inspired daily by their efforts to internationalize their own campuses. In today’s world, it is so very important that we continue to provide global opportunities and cross-cultural experiences for our students.”

Gess earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and master’s in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he worked as a public service faculty member.

“I was thrilled to be able to present Peter with this year’s Arkansas State Award from NAFSA Region III,” said Allyson Douglass, International Student Advisor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and NAFSA Region III representative for Arkansas. “I’ve known Peter since he began his tenure in International Education at Hendrix College in 2007. I met him through his efforts in spearheading the Rwandan Presidential Scholarship Program, which involved a consortium of institutions across the South that were fortunate to receive gifted students during the program’s duration. Peter is well deserving of this honor, and I am proud to call him both a colleague and a friend.”


NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest and most diverse nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come. The organization serves the needs of more than 10,000 members and international educators worldwide at more than 3,500 institutions, in over 150 countries. For more information, visit

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit