Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer (CCO)
As Chief Communications Officer, Mr. Cox directs all communications, marketing, public relations and brand management activities for the college. A 1976 graduate of Hendrix, Cox owned his own marketing communications consulting company in Little Rock
before joining the Hendrix Senior Leadership Team. Prior to that, he spent 30 years in the advertising, public relations and media business, including an 8-year term as President and CEO of the Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods agency, based in Little Rock.
Cox was named Advertising Person of the Year in 1997 by the Arkansas Advertising Federation and he has served on numerous boards in Central Arkansas, including Hendrix College’s Board of Trustees, Women & Children First, Methodist Family Health Foundation,
St. Vincent Health System Foundation, the Little Rock Public Education Foundation and Riverfest. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Helen S. Plotkin
Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Marketing
Helen S. Plotkin joined the Hendrix staff in 1995. She directs the College’s communications efforts, including oversight of communications planning, media relations, publications, Web content, and graphic identity, and serves as editor of Hendrix Magazine.
Helen came to Hendrix from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she was managing editor for the Office of Communications. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism at Henderson State University and was employed at newspapers in Arkansas,
Louisiana and Texas for 13 years, including a stint “on loan” to USA Today
during the national newspaper’s early years.
Director of College Communications
Rob O’Connor, a 1995 Hendrix alumnus, is the Director of College Communications. He develops college news and other content for the web site and social media, as well as local, state, and national media. He also serves as managing editor of Hendrix Magazine and
is responsible for planning and developing content for this publication. Prior to joining the Office of Marketing Communications at Hendrix College, he worked for the Development Office for five years as Director of Foundation Relations, where he was
responsible for developing funding proposals to philanthropic foundations, identifying funding opportunities, and managing the College’s relationship with funding organizations. Rob is a former print journalist and high school social studies teacher.
He has a master’s in professional and technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Josh Daugherty, the Lead Designer, joined the Hendrix staff in 2008. He serves primarily as the web designer for the college. Other roles include serving as the art director for Hendrix Magazine, staff photographer, videographer and overseer
of the College’s presence on various social media sites. Josh came to Hendrix immediately after graduating from the University of Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in art with an emphasis in graphic design.
Communications & Design Specialist
Ephraim McNair graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2008. As Communications & Design Specialist since 2012, he assists the Office of Marketing Communications with brand management activities: designing and coordinating
production of a wide variety of printed collateral for the college. He applies a keen eye for design and an ability to solve complex communication problems to every project. Prior to joining Hendrix, he worked for 3 years at a small marketing & design
firm in Little Rock honing his skills on a multitude of creative projects in a wide variety of industries.
Vicky Piccola joined the Hendrix staff in 2011 as Administrative Assistant for the Office of Marketing Communications. The Dallas native brings more than 20 years' experience in office administration, including working at educational institutions and
at a large advertising agency in Texas. She uses her organizational and interpersonal communication skills to manage the office schedule and budget, supervise student workers, prepare reports, maintain records and provide direct support for the Executive
Vice President and Associate Vice President.