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About the President: Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd

On July 1, 2016, Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd began his tenure as the 18th president of Drury University. Cloyd previously served as president of Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas – a liberal arts school that has been nationally recognized for a strong commitment to teaching excellence and financial soundness.

During Cloyd’s tenure as president from 2001 to 2013, Hendrix gained national academic prominence; experienced significant enrollment growth of more than 50 percent; achieved financial soundness; built 13 campus buildings and constructed several athletic facilities; and expanded its endowment by 50 percent. Hendrix added a dozen new majors, doubled international enrollment, grew out-of-state enrollment by 60 percent, and added four new sports including Division III football. The school was named one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for six years in a row during Cloyd’s presidency, and it was named one of the “100 Most Financially Fit Colleges” in America by Forbes magazine in 2014. 

Prior to his presidency, Cloyd was Vice President for Advancement at Hendrix from 1997 to 2001, after having been the Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Prior to that, he taught political science at Vanderbilt University. Cloyd earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and has authored numerous articles on politics, fundraising, leadership and higher education. He returned to the classroom to teach politics and international relations in 2015 following a sabbatical.

“I believe deeply in liberal arts and science education combined with pragmatic programs and professional education,” Cloyd said. “And I believe that there are creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial ways to position institutions in a manner that remains true to their organic roots and values.”Tim and Wendy have three sons. Two are in college and one is in high school. 

Q&A Series: Getting to Know Drury’s 18th President

Part I: The Selection Process

Part II: The Formative Years

Part III: Scholarship & Leadership

Part IV: Innovation & Growth at Hendrix