Ozarks Outdoors to Present NOLS Film Tour

University of the Ozarks will host the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) film tour titled, The Exploration, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov., 29.

The event, which is presented by the University’s Ozarks Outdoors program, will be held in the Rogers Conference Center. It is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

The multi-city Exploration film tour started as a way to tell the stories of ordinary individuals pursuing their dreams in extraordinary wilderness environments. It continues this year with six short films that range from a group of runners traversing Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in a weekend, to the canoe trip that jump-started Jimmy Carter’s movement to protect rivers.

With this film tour, NOLS hopes to highlight the inspiring places and people that can be found in this world, and stoke the fire of adventure.

NOLS is a non-profit outdoor education school based in the United States dedicated to teaching environmental ethics, technical outdoors skills, wilderness medicine, risk management and judgment, and leadership on extended wilderness expeditions and in traditional classrooms.

For more information about the event, please contact Adam Bates at 979-1400 or abates@ozarks.edu.

University of the Ozarks’ Dunsworth Named to NCAA Division III Presidents Council

University of the Ozarks President Richard L. Dunsworth. J.D., has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body in the division.

Dunsworth will begin his four-year term in January, at the close of the 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Presidents Council sets NCAA Division III’s strategic plan and establishes and directs the general policy of the division. Division III is the largest of the NCAA divisions with more than 430 member institutions. The 18 Presidents Council members are elected in balloting open to all presidents and chancellors at member institutions.

In 1996, University of the Ozarks became a founding member of the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference (ASC), which is made up of 13 colleges and universities in Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Approximately 40 percent of U of O students compete in one or more of the 17 NCAA Division III sports offered by Ozarks.

Dunsworth will become the first president from the ASC to serve on the Presidents Council.

“I am honored to be chosen to represent University of the Ozarks and the American Southwest Conference on the national level in my role as a member of the Division III Presidents Council,” Dunsworth said. “I look forward to being an advocate for the values and benefits of NCAA Division III athletics and working to provide support and guidance for our student-athletes to excel in their respective sports as well as in the classroom.  Division III athletics is an integral part of our campus experience and I am eager to share Ozarks’ and the ASC’s perspective with other institutions.”

The council meets on a quarterly basis and has budgetary oversight, as well as the ultimate authority to establish, direct and implement policies for the division.

Since Dunsworth’s appointment as the 25th president of University of the Ozarks in 2013, enrollment has climbed 40 percent and more than $40 million has been raised for scholarships and facilities at the private, Presbyterian-affiliated University.

Dunsworth recently concluded five years of service on the NCAA Division III Financial Aid Committee.

Largest CBC White Coat Class Recognized in Ceremony

The Central Baptist College Math and Science Department recognized eleven students for their academic excellence by awarding them with white coats in a ceremony on Thursday, November 15, 2018. These students achieved academic excellence in very challenging courses at CBC and were part of the 8th and largest White Coat Class.

In his welcoming remarks, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gary McAllister shared the following, “At most institutions, the white coat ceremony is a rite of passage; it is a way of welcoming new students into the medical profession. At Central Baptist College, the white coat symbolizes the high expectations that science faculty have for their students. This ceremony is intended to impress upon our students the need to excel in their study of science, to love others and show compassion, and to pursue their profession with diligence and integrity.”

The ceremony also included an invocation by President Terry Kimbrow; a charge to the honorees by Dr. Joshua Kwekel, Associate Professor of Biochemistry; the presentation of the honorees and their white coats by Dr. Elizabeth Gomez, Natural and Social Sciences Division Chair and Professor of Chemistry, and 2017 White Coat Members; and a benediction by Dr. Mi-Seon Seong, Associate Professor of Biology.

The 2018 White Coat Class is listed below with their major:

Tyree Avery, Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biosciences
Kinley Burrows, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Michael Higginbotham, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Kymberlie House, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Kady Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Austin Kocher, Bachelor of Science in Biology
Kylee McClendon, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Destinee Marvel, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Averi Ratliff, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Austin Smith, Bachelor of Science in Biology
Hannah Tilley, Bachelor of Science in Biology

The ceremony was attended by members of the Central Baptist College faculty and staff as well as the friends and family of the honorees.

Hendrix College Model UN Team Named ‘Best Overall Delegation’

Hendrix College’s Model UN team was recognized with a “Best Overall Delegation” Award at this year’s American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference, held November 17-20 in Chicago. The students represented Italy.

Additionally, five Hendrix students won Outstanding Delegation Awards for their work in their committee simulations:

  • Cordell Campbell ’19 and Charlie McMahon ’21 for the General Assembly Plenary
  • Emmett Hill ’19 for the United Nations Environmental Assembly
  • Sara Hoopchuk ’20 and Stephen Clark ’20 for the World Health Organization Executive Board.

Other student participants and their simulations included:

  • Adam Williams ’19 and Henry Edwards ’20: General Assembly First Committee – Disarmament & International Security
  • Graydon Carter ’19 and Aleck Bratt ’20: General Assembly Second Committee – Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Bailey Brya ’20 and Avery Waid ’21: General Assembly Third Committee – Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs
  • Elliot Anderson ’20 and Taylor Watkins ’22: General Assembly Sixth Committee – International Law
  • Claire Fleming ’20 and Olivia Kelley ’21: Committee on Development Policy Expert Group
  • Alex Tiller ’19: Justice on the International Court of Justice
  • Max Hancock ’19: Commissioner on the 2005 Historical Commission of Inquiry
  • Meredith Warren ’19 served as the delegation’s Permanent Representative, in charge of strategy and logistics for the delegation as a whole at AMUN.

More than 80 colleges and universities sent 1,265 students to represent 125 UN Member States and Observers at AMUN 2018. Since 2008, Hendrix Model UN teams have participated in one Model UN conference each year, and have racked up an impressive 34 awards during that time.

“This was the tenth anniversary of Hendrix’s course-based Model UN program,” said Dr. Daniel Whelan, professor of politics and international relations at Hendrix. “Once again, all of our students were very well prepared for the 2018 AMUN Conference, especially when it came to the rules of procedure. They also did outstanding work caucusing and in resolution and report drafting. That level of preparation was instrumental in our winning one of the six Best Overall Delegation awards, our first since 2015. We also had a number of very strong partnerships on the various simulations, most notably on the GA Plenary, where we won our first Outstanding Delegation award in that simulation since 2009. Hendrix should be very proud of this year’s team.”

Ouachita’s Ryan Lewis honored as guest artist during American Liszt Society Conference

Dr. Ryan Lewis, associate professor of percussion at Ouachita, recently was honored as a guest artist during the American Liszt Society Conference at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Lewis, a 1999 Furman graduate, performed two rarely performed etudes alongside Ouachita graduate and pianist Tad Hardin.

Ryan Lewis, associate professor of percussion at Ouachita.

While the American Liszt Society Conference mainly focuses on performing the works of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, this year’s conference also included a performance of a full-cycle of 12 piano etudes by 20th-century French Composer Maurice Ohana titled “Etudes d’interpretation.” The conference showcased all 12 etudes performed consecutively, which had not been done before.

Furman University’s Dr. Derek Parsons, Lewis’ former instructor, coordinated the conference and invited Lewis to perform the final two etudes, both of which required a variety of percussion instruments.

“Number 11 featured metal percussion including vibraphone, crotales, suspended cymbals, Chinese cymbals, Thai gongs, tam tams, bell tree and almglocken (tuned Alpine cowbells),” Lewis said. “Number 12 featured membranophones such as tom toms, bongos, congas and snare drum, as well as woodblocks, tambourine and temple blocks.

“I played over 30 different percussion instruments, which the university was very kind to provide along with a rehearsal space,” Lewis added.

Prior to the conference, Parsons provided rehearsal space for Lewis and Hardin, bringing back memories from Lewis’ undergraduate years.

“[Parson’s] old office, where I performed that proficiency test [in college], was the very office Tad and I rehearsed in while we were there for the conference,” he said.

Lewis (right) and Furman percussion students.

Lewis and Hardin have performed together since the early 2000s after meeting at Florida State University, where they were both pursuing their master’s degrees.

On the same weekend of the conference, Lewis also taught a master class for Furman percussion students on free improvisation and the style of Nexus Percussion Group. Nexus was the first professional percussion ensemble and an inspiration for Lewis. Aside from being a unique way to conduct and practice music, Lewis said improvisation is also a great way for students to cultivate creativity in music.

“It is special to be a part of creating musical compositions in the moment that are temporal and will never, ever be heard again,” Lewis said.

Ouachita offers after-school, community steel band program to Peake Elementary School students

Ouachita Baptist University has begun offering an after-school, community steel band program for fourth and fifth graders from Peake Elementary School in Arkadelphia. The steel band, called Pan Harmony, meets every Monday on Ouachita’s campus from 3 to 5 p.m.

The community steel band program began at the start of the 2018 fall semester with nine Peake Elementary students and student volunteers from Goza Middle School, Arkadelphia High School and Ouachita. The program is geared toward fourth and fifth graders specifically because they are not yet old enough to play school sports or join the school band. The students will have the opportunity to show the skills they have learned this semester during Ouachita’s fall and spring steel band concerts.

“To have young students excited about music, and excited about learning music from a different culture other than our own, is very exciting,” said Dr. Ryan Lewis, director of the steel band program and associate professor of music at Ouachita.

Something unique to the program is its goal not only to teach music but also respect. At the beginning of each rehearsal, Lewis leads the students in a chant about respecting the people around them. This emphasis on respect inspired the band’s name: Pan Harmony.

The students start each Monday afternoon with their school homework and a snack before beginning their music lessons. After each practice, while they wait to be picked up, students also have free reign to play the instruments and put their new knowledge to the test.

As they have watched the elementary students learn more about steel drums, Ouachita’s student volunteers have been reminded of their own love for music and are hoping to see the program grow. Hannah Terry, a sophomore Christian studies/missions major from Texarkana, Ark., is both a Pan Harmony volunteer and a member of the Ouachita Steel Band.

“This experience has humbled me in a way nothing else in my life has,” Terry said. “I played steel pans for four years in high school and, so far, two at OBU. These kids have shown me that even though I have been playing for six years, there is still a lot I can learn.”

Other Pan Harmony student volunteers include Maggie Foreman, a senior music major from Sherwood, Ark., and Karlee Sanders, a freshman music education major from Caraway, Ark.

For more information, contact Dr. Ryan Lewis at (870) 245-5421 or lewisr@obu.edu.

Ouachita vocal studies students earn eleven finalist honors in Southern Region NATS auditions Ouachita vocal studies students earn eleven finalist honors in Southern Region NATS auditions

Ouachita Baptist University music students earned 11 finalist honors at the 2018 Southern Region Conference and Student Auditions held at Northwestern Louisiana University in Natchitoches, La. The competition, which is organized by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), was attended by nearly 400 students from colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Of this total, 23 Ouachita students earned finalist or semifinalist honors.

“We competed extremely well, considering we’re in the region with SEC powerhouses like Louisiana State University, Ole Miss University, University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University as well as Southern Mississippi and Southeastern Louisiana University,” said Dr. Jon Secrest, coordinator of Ouachita’s vocal studies program and Addie Mae Maddox Professor of Music. “We had 11 places in the finals, and 13 if you include the two honorable mention recipients. This year, [NATS] has added honorable mention recipients to those who qualify for nationals. To have 13 finalists is outstanding, especially for a school our size.”

Several Ouachita students earned finalist honors at the recent Southern Region NATS auditions. Joined by faculty members John Alec Briggs, far left, and Glenda and Jon Secrest, far right, some of the student competitors included, from left: Sharayah Wallace, Dean Carmona, Madeline Martin, Clay Mobley, Logan Dooley, Cameron Connor, Katie Kuss and Payton Hickman.

The competition is a three-round audition process in which students first participate in a preliminary round of auditions and receive written feedback from voice professionals in the region on how to improve their performance skillset. Following the preliminary round, students advance through a semi-final round and then a final round depending on their scores. Finalists may be awarded first through fifth place or receive an honorable mention.

Dr. Secrest said NATS auditions provide students with an opportunity to “receive written critique, prestige, affirmation of their artistic development and modest cash awards.”

“To see and hear that the fruits of their labor were recognized in this manner is very exciting and gratifying to everyone involved,” Secrest said. “For these students, it means a big shot in the arm in terms of confidence and self-awareness. Also, it provides affirmation that the hours and hours of practice and preparation are worth the investment of time.”

“Being selected as a finalist, personally, is very encouraging,” said Sharayah Wallace, a junior musical theatre major from Sherwood, Ark., who placed second in the upper college music theatre women division. “It shows that what I am studying and the work I am putting toward my major is being noticed. No matter the placement, I believe the effect of these competitions motivates us to progress and be better than we were before.”

“It felt really good to become a finalist; I felt like all my hard work paid off,” said Logan Dooley, a sophomore musical theatre major from Allen, Texas. Dooley earned first place in the sophomore men division and second place in the lower college music theatre men division. “I’m glad to have made my teachers and my school proud.”

The following Ouachita students qualified for national competition, in order of hometown:

Allen, Texas – Logan Dooley, a sophomore musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, earned first place in the sophomore men division and second place in the lower college music theatre men division.

Austin, Texas – Hannah Anderson, a sophomore musical theatre student of Dr. Glenda Secrest, earned an honorable mention in the lower college music theatre women division. She also was a semifinalist in the sophomore women division.

Cabot, Ark. – Elizabeth Ring, a sophomore musical theatre student of Dr. Margaret Garrett, earned an honorable mention in lower college music theatre women. She also was a semi-finalist in the sophomore women.

North Little Rock, Ark. – Cameron Conner, a sophomore music industry student of Dr. Jon Secrest, earned fourth place in lower college music theatre men.

Monument, Colo. – Katie Kuss, a freshman vocal performance student of Dr. Glenda Secrest, earned third place in the freshman women division.

Scott, Ark. – Dean Carmona, a sophomore music industry student of John Alec Briggs, earned fourth place in Hall Johnson Spiritual Category. Carmona also was a semifinalist in junior men and upper college music theatre men.

Sherwood, Ark. – Sharayah Wallace, a junior musical theatre student of John Alec Briggs, earned second place in upper college music theatre women.

Sheridan, Ark. – Madeline Martin, a sophomore musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, earned fourth place in lower college music theatre women.

Siloam Springs, Ark. – Payton Hickman, a freshman musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, earned second place in freshman men and fifth place in lower college music theatre men.

Wylie, Texas – Clay Mobley, a junior music industry student of Dr. Jon Secrest, earned first place in junior men and first place in upper college music theatre men.


Other Ouachita students named NATS semifinalists, in order of hometown, include:

Alma, Ark. – Michaela Finley, a senior musical theatre student of John Alec Briggs, was a semifinalist in upper college music theatre women.

Bono, Ark. – Jaden Rich, a freshman musical theatre student of John Alec Briggs, was a semi-finalist in lower college music theatre women.

Bryant, Ark. –  Ryan Lynch, a sophomore musical theatre student of Dr. Glenda Secrest, was a semi-finalist in lower college music theatre men.

Caraway, Ark. – Karlee Sanders, a freshman choral music education student of John Alec Briggs, was a semi-finalist in freshman women.

Cleveland, Texas – Hannah Gothard, a sophomore musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, was a semi-finalist in lower college music theatre women.

Evansville, Ind. – Lauren Terry, a senior musical theatre student of Dr. Glenda Secrest, was a semi-finalist in upper college music theatre women.

Holiday Island, Ark. – Ashlynn Lockhart, a freshman musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, was a semi-finalist in freshman women and lower college music theatre.

Minden, La. – Melodie DuBose, a sophomore musical theatre student of Dr. Glenda Secrest, was a semi-finalist in sophomore women and lower college music theatre.

Longview, Texas – Rachel Webber, a senior musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, was a semi-finalist in senior women and upper college music theatre women.

Pittsburg, Texas – Lizzy Griffin, a senior musical theatre student of Dr. Glenda Secrest, was a semi-finalist in senior women.

Rockwall, Texas – Micah Brooks, a senior musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, was a semi-finalist in senior men and upper college music theatre men.

Waxahachie, Texas – Sam Campione, a freshman musical theatre student of Dr. Jon Secrest, was a semi-finalist in lower college music theatre men.

White Oak, Texas – Paige Bagley, a junior choral music education student of Dr. Margaret Garrett, was a semi-finalist in junior women.


Ouachita’s collaborative pianists for the competition included Kristen La Madrid, Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker.

Hendrix Alumni Help Shape Success of Little Rock Startup

Apptegy founder and CEO Jeston George has noticed something about liberal arts graduates: They don’t just know things. They know how to learn.

George should know. Around 10 percent of employees at his five-year-old tech startup earned undergraduate degrees at Hendrix College.

Apptegy employees with Hendrix degrees include (front row, from left) Kelsi Stimack ’18, Joy Spence ’18, Barrett Goodwin ’17, and My Nguyen ’16; (back row) Travis Howk ’17, David Allan ’14, and Hunter Owen ’12. (Not pictured: Greg Cameron-Cooper ’09 and Sydney Meyer ’17. [Photos: Lexi Adams ’17]

For example, David Allan ’14, who majored in philosophy, is vice president of marketing.

“When we first hired him, it was just ‘director of special projects,’ which is a made-up title,” said George. “Like a lot of people that we’re hiring from Hendrix, what he does here has nothing to do with his major.”

Apptegy works with about 700 public schools in 48 states to help them strengthen their brands through mobile apps, websites, and more.

“In a startup environment, we’re always figuring things out,” said Allan. “The ways of thinking I learned in my liberal arts education have proven very valuable here.”

Content writer Joy Spence ’18 and Kelsi Stimack ’18, a customer onboarding representative, are the most recent Hendrix alumni to join Apptegy.

Both came to Apptegy through the Arkansas Fellowship, a nonprofit project that works with Arkansas-based companies to keep new college graduates and promising business leaders in the state.

“What we want is to identify where they’re going to add value for us and align that as much with where they want to go in their careers, as well,” George says of the Arkansas Fellows’ two-year opportunities, which can lead to permanent positions.

The company’s home on the eighth floor of Little Rock’s Simmons Tower looks less like a C-suite in a high-rise office building and more like a learning lab where friends are helping public schools find new ways to connect with family, friends, and other community members.

It was George and his wife not wanting to miss their nephew’s school programs that inspired Apptegy.

“I literally asked myself, ‘Does this school not have an app?’…and thought, ‘Maybe we could do something about this.’”

George and Allan recruited politics major Barrett Goodwin ’17 after they noticed his repeated appearances on the Dean’s List.

“We didn’t really know what he was going to do, and now he’s doing data analytics for marketing content, which he’s never done before,” George said.

“It’s difficult doing what we do day after day, but I think Hendrix prepared me for that workload,” Goodwin said. “I was used to having to do a lot, at a high level and high quality, on a regular basis. [So] it’s not a problem to really dig down and come up with new ideas.”

Apptegy’s culture even echoes Hendrix a bit where the line between work and play is blurred. For example, the Apptegy marketing team recently entered the 48-Hour Film Project competition, where Spence and another team member picked up a best acting award.

“We want people to form those personal relationships, because when you have that personal trust, if your friend is screwing up, you just call them out on something,” Allan said. “People get afraid of doing that when they have these stiff, professional relationships. A lot of what we do outside of work, when we’re hanging out, it helps us build a tighter team.”

Sydney Meyer ’17 agrees. A history major at Hendrix, Meyer now works in sales at Apptegy. The company eased her transition into “the real world” in part because it has a similar sense of community to her alma mater.

Travis Howk ’17 and My Nguyen ’16 graduated from Hendrix with degrees in mathematics and computer science. They believe the experiences they gained at Hendrix with problem solving and teamwork make a big difference in their success working on the support and development teams.

“I think the really cool thing about Hendrix is that it doesn’t prepare you just to have a job, it prepares you to be a citizen,” said client success manager Greg Cameron-Cooper ’09.

That’s particularly helpful with Apptegy’s focus on serving public institutions.

Hunter Owen ’12 started his career in the non-profit sector then came to Apptegy. “Hendrix prepared me to view my day-to-day work in the context of the larger systems,” he said.

“When we talk about giving people a lot of freedom in their work and having people form an identity around their work, a lot of those ideas came from Hendrix,” said Allan, citing courses he took from philosophy professor Dr. Chris Campolo and economics professor Dr. Ralph Scott as two he appreciates the most in his daily work.

Standing near the elevator after giving a tour of the office, the philosophy major turned marketing executive stops to reflect.

“The only class I got a C in is the one I use the most.”

Harding’s finance chief recognized as Arkansas Business Education CFO of the Year

Mel Sansom, vice president of finance and CFO for Harding University, was recognized as the 2018 Arkansas Business Chief Financial Officer of the Year for Education. He was honored at a special luncheon held at Embassy Suites in Little Rock Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The awards are part of an annual event produced by Arkansas Business that honors lifetime achievements and chief financial officers in several categories. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges.

According to Mitch Bettis, president of Arkansas Business Publishing Group and publisher of Arkansas Business, a chief financial officer is a historian and fortune teller responsible for recording what has happened and for predicting what will happen with a company’s financial performance. “The honorees here represent the perfect combination of intelligence, judgment, loyalty, integrity, high energy, balanced ego and impressive ability to see around corners.”

University President Dr. Bruce McLarty cites similar reasons for nominating Sansom.

“Dr. Sansom has wider-ranging responsibilities at Harding than just about anyone realizes,” said Dr. McLarty. “He oversees our finances, our physical resources department, our relationship with our food services and custodial provider and our human resources department. It is so important to me to have someone in this role whose word and work I can trust completely. I am thankful for Dr. Sansom’s excellent service and for his deep commitment to Harding University.”

Sansom joined the Harding team as CFO in 2002. During his tenure he has made significant improvements in planning construction, communication and funding projects. Over the last four years Sansom’s work has helped decrease University debt by approximately $20 million.

“It is such an honor,” Sansom said. “I am very blessed to be working in higher education and especially at Harding on a beautiful campus with wonderful people all around me and excitement on campus every day. Our finance team at Harding, along with all the other members of our division in finance and operational areas, are a joy to work with and do an amazing job in this very special place. They make it all happen, and I am very grateful.”

Sansom holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Harding and a doctorate in higher education administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Other finalists in that category were Paul Cherry of Central Baptist College in Conway and Don Swanson of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock.

“I am thankful to God who blesses us with all good things, including this special honor and the entire experience,” Sansom said.

Hutchison named new vice president of advancement at Lyon College

David Hutchison has been announced as the new vice president for advancement at Lyon College. He will start January 10, 2019.

David Hutchinson

In his new role, Hutchison will be responsible for increasing advancement efforts, assessing the need for program and organizational adjustments, and implementing projects of improvement. This is an exciting time for the College as it institutes its goals of the four year strategic plan, which Hutchison will partner with President Joey King to accomplish.

“We are delighted to have David joining the leadership team,” said King. “We had a strong pool of advancement professionals, but David impressed us with his variety of experience, energy, and dedication to our liberal arts mission.”

As the executive director of advancement and alumni programs at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, he successfully executed a $20 million capital campaign, added $4 million to the university’s endowment, oversaw the major gifts program, and managed several alumni engagement initiatives.

Hutchison also served on the executive board for the Fayette Main Street Association, where he fundraised for economic and community development projects.

“I am extremely excited to be joining Lyon College at a time of great transformation,” said Hutchison. “I look forward to working with President King, as well as the board, faculty, and staff, and most importantly with alumni and friends of Lyon College to move forward with the College’s strategic vision.”

Before his time in advancement, Hutchison was a pastor for the Central Methodist University campus. Besides leading a congregation, he oversaw collaborative programs between the church and the campus community. His time in church leadership prepared him for his roles in engagement.

“I learned that leading people to support a mission begins with developing committed, authentic relationships,” said Hutchison. “The work of college advancement is no different, and I am eager to begin developing relationships, connecting the passions of our community and alumni and friends with the mission and vision of Lyon College.”

Hutchison expects to receive his Doctor of Education in higher education leadership and policy from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University this May. He also has a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in history and religion from Central Methodist University.

“As a product of a liberal arts education at a small, private Christian college myself, I know well and am deeply invested in the kind of personalized, life-changing education that Lyon College provides,” said Hutchison. “What a gift to be a part of helping make that happen at what is both the most exciting and most important time in young people’s lives.”