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Hendrix Announces New Board of Trustees Member

Teresa Clogston Osam ’72 named to seat for UM layperson on 34-member Board

CONWAY, Arkansas (June 7, 2023)—Teresa Clogston Osam ’72 has been named to the Hendrix College Board of Trustees. She will begin her term at the Board’s October meeting. 

Osam will serve in one of the five seats reserved for United Methodist laity and/or clergy on the 34-member Board. Members of the Board dedicate their expertise and resources to the advancement of Hendrix and play an integral role in the implementation of the mission, purpose, and strategic plan of the College.

“We are looking forward to having Teresa begin her service on the Board,” said Hendrix College President Karen K. Petersen. “I am grateful that she will bring her love of the College as an alumna and her expertise as a retired staff member of Advancement to serve Hendrix in another meaningful way.”

About Teresa Clogston Osam ’72

Osam retired from Hendrix College in 2018 after serving a combined 22 years in various roles with the Office of Advancement. With her strong ties to the medical community and history of non-profit fundraising, event planning and retail sales, she was charged with helping communicate the vision of the first campus master plan. Alumni, foundations, parents, and friends from around the country made major gifts to the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Life Sciences, the creation of the Charles W. Morgan Center through the addition of Acxiom Hall and renovation of John H. Reynolds Hall, and the addition of the innovative Residence Houses. She guided the establishment of the Arthur and Margaret Johnson scholarship for science majors and identified and stewarded estate gifts. Later, she teamed with the Office of Alumni Engagement to help create events for campaign announcements and celebrations, Odyssey Medal winner events, building openings and the inaugurations of three presidents. In 2022 she received the James E. Major Service Award, which recognizes current and former employees for meritorious service to the College.  

Osam’s civic involvement includes having served on the boards of Little Rock Rotary Club 99, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, the founding board of Centers for Youth and Families, Junior League of Little Rock as Riverfest Chair, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild President and Designer House Chair. She was a member of Little Rock Chamber’s Leadership Class 9, the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum, and an active member of the Hendrix Rowdies Class of 1972. Osam is married to Dr. Patrick Osam ’70 and they are members of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Their son, Patrick Neil Osam, Jr. ’95, is also a graduate of Hendrix. 

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