Meet Drury’s 18th President
Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd is Drury’s president-elect, who will begin his duties on July 1.
Dr. Cloyd comes to Drury from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he served as president from 2001-2013. He returned to the classroom to teach politics and international relations last year following a sabbatical. Prior to serving as president, Dr. Cloyd also served as Hendrix’s Vice President for Advancement from 1997-2001. His experience in higher education also includes stints as the Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock and professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.
During his time at Hendrix, the college experienced an explosion in enrollment and the size of its endowment. It added four new sports, 13 new buildings, and Forbes Magazine named it one of the “100 Most Financially Fit Colleges” in America.
About the search committee
The presidential search committee included six members of the Board of Trustees (Lyle Reed, Bill Hart, Rita Baron, Rosalie Wooten, Bill Rickets and Tom McAlear); three faculty members (Don Deeds, Jo Van Arkel and Penny Clayton); Human Resources Director Scotti Siebert; and Alumni Council President Michael Wehrenberg.
Do you have questions for Dr. Cloyd? Visit drury.edu/ask and submit them to us. Your question (and the answer) could be published in the next issue of Drury Magazine!
Housing Policy Amendments
Beginning in the fall, Drury will make changes to its housing policy to enhance accessibility and affordability for students. Costs for most on-campus residences will either be reduced or frozen in price, and Drury will continue to award residential grants to incoming students based on need to help offset the costs of room and board. Additionally, students whose primary family residence is within 30 miles of the campus may live at home with a parent.
The university will continue to encourage students to live on campus. National data and data that Drury has collected have long shown that students who live on campus have higher retention and graduation rates, higher levels of satisfaction with their experience, better grades and greater participation in co-curricular and social activities.
Drury’s community spirit runs deep—there are over 100 student organizations, a large Greek population, specialized housing based on academic interests and a history of meaningful faculty membership. In order to effectively engage with the campus community, many students, including local students, choose to live on campus; some throughout their entire college career. In fact, there were 80 juniors or seniors living on campus during the 2015-16 academic year who previously attended local high schools.
For more about housing or residence life, visit drury.edu/housing
Drury Embraces a New Honor Code
First-year Drury University’s Student Government Association (SGA) reviewed and approved the new honor code’s wording. The Honor Code will be printed in the Community Standards Handbook that all students receive, alongside the student code of conduct, which is already printed in the handbook. The code will also be published online.
First-year students are already required to complete two short training programs online before classes begin each fall, and beginning in fall 2016, they will be required to review the honor code and agree to abide by it as part of that training.
Meador Center Continues Its Speaker Series
The L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship continued its inaugural speaker series in the spring semester with a lecture by Dr. Rodney Hero, immediate past president of the American Political Science Association, in March. The event was open to the public.
Hero is the first Latino to hold the top position with the APSA, and his research and teaching focus on American democracy as viewed through the lenses of racial and ethnic politics. His lecture, titled “Race, Ethnicity and (In)Equality in American Politics” was part of the Meador Center speaker series “Created Equal: Rights, Liberties, and Citizenship.”
In conjunction with Hero’s visit, the Diversity Center hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic “Race & Ethnicity on Campus.” Roundtable participants included Hero, Springfield community members involved in inclusion, and Drury students and faculty.
The L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship was inspired by the words of Dr. Lewis Elbern Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.” The center was established in fall 2015 as a nexus for student pursuits, faculty scholarship and thought-provoking community programming and events. It carries out that mission through financial support of student scholarship and the annual speaker series.
Visit drury.edu/meador-center for more information
The Honor Code
As a member of the Drury University community, I vow to treat others with respect. I will not violate others’ right to learn and thrive in a safe, respectful environment, and by extension I will not bully or intimidate others. Honesty will guide my every action. I will not condone anyone that compromises the Drury Honor Code.