Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr. served as professor and chair of the Department of History at Midwestern State University from 1970 to 1975, and then again from 1976 to 2006. In February 2005, he became MWSU's first named Regents' Professor and, in June 2006, also became Hardin Distinguished Professor Emeritus. During his forty years in the college classroom, Ken consistently included oral history elements in his syllabi as part of the course requirements and required students to learn and apply professional standards in oral history research.
During his lengthy tenure at MWSU, Ken authored or edited eight books, including major political biographies: The Chief Executives of Texas: From Stephen F. Austin to John B. Connally, Jr. (Texas A&M, 1995); Profiles in Power: Twentieth Century Texans in Washington (University of Texas, 2004); and the three-volume Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A Bibliography of His Times and Presidency (Scarecrow, 2005). He contributed to ten other books and wrote and published twelve essays on a wide range of topics for biographical dictionaries, historical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. He also published dozens of articles and over sixty book reviews while preparing and delivering scores of historical presentations at conferences and symposia throughout the U.S. Grants and fellowships from institutions throughout the nation have funded his research. In addition, he directed regional history fairs and served on numerous academic and administrative councils and committees.
Ken is an active member of many professional organizations and has served in various capacities and on numerous committees for the Phi Alpha Theta National Honorary Society, East Texas Historical Association, Texas State Historical Association, and other groups, and as manuscript consultant for The Historian, History of Education Quarterly, South Dakota History, New York History, The Great Plains Quarterly, and for university presses at Texas A&M, University of Kentucky, The University of Texas, and the University of South Dakota, as well as West Publishing Company and Prentice Hall.
TOHA has benefited greatly from Ken's active membership, which spans twenty years. He served on the Board of Directors from 1991-1995, taking terms as Vice-President (1992-1993) and President (1993-1994). Since 1995, he has been Editor in Chief of The Sound Historian.
Widely recognized scholarship has earned Ken listings in Outstanding Educators in America, 1974-1975 and 1975-1976; Lexington's Who's Who, Millennium Edition of the Registry, 2000-2001; International Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership American Biographical Institute, 10th Edition, 2000; Strathmore's Who's Who; Directory of American Scholars; Dictionary of International Biography; and Who's Who in America, in the West, in the East, Among American History Teachers, in American Education, in Texas, in the South and Southwest, among others.
At MWSU, Ken was named Hardin Professor of the Year (1974-1975) and Hardin Distinguished Professor of American History, 1988-present. In 2002, he became a Fellow of both the Texas State Historical Association and East Texas Historical Association. His awards include the Karl E. Mundt Distinguished Historical Writing Award at the Dakota History Conference (1978, 1979), the Distinguished Leadership Award in the Field of History (2001), and the C. K. Chamberlain Award for the Best Article in the East Texas Historical Association Journal (2002).
Community activities round out Ken's wide range of interests. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Ballet Theatre, Wichita Falls Symphony, and Wichita FallsMuseum and ArtCenter. He has held various positions of responsibility with Rotary International, the Wichita County Heritage Society, and the Wichita County Historical Commission, among others.
Due to his outstanding record of professional achievement and community involvement and his long and dedicated service to TOHA, the Board of Directors is pleased to name Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr., as the sixth recipient of the Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award.
TOHA Board of Directors 2007
JoAnn Pospisil, President
Vernon L. Williams, Vice President
Bobby H. Johnson, Judith Linsley, Beverly Rowe
Diane L. Ware, Kyle Wilkison, Rebecca Wright