Rev. Wayne Clark, President & CEO, The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas announced Mr. W. Ellis Arnold III will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Bishops’ Club Luncheon on Friday, May 13, 2022.
For the first time in two years, Foundation staff, Board of Directors, and Bishops’ Club members will gather together to celebrate our mission of strengthening Methodist ministries in Arkansas. This year’s luncheon is being held at Highland Valley United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
W. Ellis Arnold III was elected the 12th President of Hendrix College by the Hendrix Board of Trustees on November 21, 2019 and took office on December 31. A 1979 Hendrix graduate, Arnold received his juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and practiced law in Little Rock from 1982 to 1990. In 1990, he was approached by then-Hendrix President Dr. Joe B. Hatcher to serve as Vice President for Development and College Relations and lead the College’s church relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing, in addition to serving as General Counsel.
In November 1996, Arnold was named President of Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., and in 1997 attended the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents at Harvard University. He later served as President and Head of School of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., from 2004 until 2008, when he returned to Hendrix. He served the College as Acting President on two occasions, in addition to his role as Senior Executive Vice President, Dean of Advancement, and General Counsel. Under his leadership, the College successfully completed its first $100 million campaign and is now nearing completion of a historic $150 million campaign as the college’s endowment has reached record levels at over $230 million.
Arnold is married to Kim Speak Arnold ’82, and they have two daughters: Laura Arnold Montgomery, Rhodes College Class of ’07, and Dr. Grace Arnold, Hendrix College Class of ’13.
Members of the Foundation’s Bishops’ Club have always helped us accomplish our mission of strengthening Methodist ministries in Arkansas. Members make an annual gift of $1,000; or a one-time gift of $15,000 to become a Lifetime Member. In the past, Bishops’ Club funds supported the Foundation’s daily operations. Today, the funds still help us accomplish our mission, but in a more direct way. Since 2021, 100% of the money raised goes directly to our thriving grants program. Our grant program seeks requests that aim to alleviate poverty, homelessness, and hunger, and enhance relationships between diverse communities. They also invest in clergy and lay leadership, college and seminary student support, and church-related and/or nonprofit organizations that foster relationships with church neighbors.