J. Timothy Cloyd became the 10th president of Hendrix College, a tier-one national liberal arts college, in 2001. A Professor of Politics, he has taught courses at Hendrix that have included War and International Relations, Master Works, Michele Foucault and Political Theory, and Western Intellectual Traditions.
Before joining Hendrix, Dr. Cloyd was on the political science faculty at Vanderbilt University. He served as Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences' Program in Social and Political Thought from 1991 to 1994, coordinating programs among nine of Vanderbilt's colleges. In 1990, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Europe with the Institute for the Study of World Politics. His work, focusing on the liberalization of security controls on high technology trade with Eastern Europe, involved research with government and European Union officials, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers' military and intelligence officials, and NATO officials.
Dr. Cloyd graduated magna cum laude with a double major in philosophy and political science in 1985 from Emory and Henry College in Virginia. Playing lacrosse and baseball, he was a NCAA Division III athlete. He earned an MA degree in 1990 and a Ph.D. in 1991 in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Cloyd received continuing education in Educational Management at Harvard University. Nationally, he serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and on the American Council on Education's Commission on International Education.
His recent presentations include "The President's Role in College Turnarounds," the National Association of Independent Colleges and University (2007); "Making the Case for Liberal Arts Education," the Council of Independent Colleges (2005); "Marketing, Branding, and Positioning in Higher Education," the American Association of Governing Boards (2004); and "Leadership, the Presidency, and the Liberal Arts," Phi Beta Kappa (2003).
Among his academic publications are "Torture, Human Rights, and the Body," in Politics and the Human Body, a book he edited with University of Chicago political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain (Vanderbilt University Press, 1995), and editor of The Gulf War and Just War. A Study Guide on the Persian Gulf War (Vanderbilt University, The Program in Social and Political Thought, 1992). He is currently at work on an edited volume with Hendrix Professor Alex Vernon and Hendrix alumnus Inis Claude titled Lines of Departure: Thinking About War.