@UMChurch @HendrixAlumni April 25

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Hendrix College

Location: Conway AK

The history of many colleges are connected to churches. The history of churches over the last 150 years in this country has been evolving. In the case of Hendrix College the evolution of a church has a place in its history books.

In 1876 Central Institute, which was to become Hendrix College, was established in Altus, Arkansas, by the Rev. Isham L. Burrow. Burrow was serving as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (now a part of the United Methodist Church) at the time.


The school became Central Collegiate Institute in 1881 with the addition of secondary and collegiate departments. The institute was purchased in 1884 by conferences of the Southern Methodist Church in Arkansas and was renamed Hendrix College in honor of Bishop Eugene R. Hendrix in 1889.

southern methodist church

In 1890 the college moved to Conway, Arkansas. By the mid-1930s Hendrix had firmly established its role as a small, coeducational, undergraduate, residential, liberal arts, church-related institution. From the mid-1950s Hendrix gradually increased student enrollment until it stabilized at just under 1,000 in the 1970s.

Aerial view of Hendrix College.

Aerial View (high res)

For the Fall 2016 here are Hendrix enrollment numbers:

1,328 students  from 41 states and 27 countries; 52% from Arkansas; 44% form other states; Top 4 States: Texas 18%, Tennessee 4%, Missouri 3%, Louisiana 3%.

Hendrix College is a NCAA Division III member and today is still affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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