Hendricks named VP for University Advancement

President Bill Cale announced Sept. 18 that Dan Hendricks has been hired as UNA’s new vice president for university advancement. Hendricks will assume his new position Oct. 15.

Cale said in a press release that Hendricks has an outstanding track record with university advancement programs. He has worked in similar positions at several universities.

Officials hosted Hendricks as a vice presidential candidate Aug. 24 to allow him to address the UNA community about his plans for the advancement division if chosen. He said he wants to promote the university’s mission and bring meaning to that mission for alumni and donors.

“If we’re lucky, alumni will remember for a lifetime their love and loyalty to this institution,” he said. “Advancement works only as a derived function of the educational mission of the university.”

Hendricks said he has several immediate goals to meet after he gets to campus.

“I want to first get to know the staff, confer carefully with President Cale and get to know what the objectives will be,” he said. “I’ll engage as many of the alumni and donors as possible and work closely with faculty and alumni to see where advancement needs to move.”

Hendricks, a DePauw University graduate and master’s degree holder from Duke University, said he and his wife, Barb, were impressed with the university, he said.

“We were impressed by the students, the charm of the area and the Shoals,” he said. “We were received so graciously at UNA and overwhelmed by the beauty of the university.”

Hendricks and his wife are moving from Saint John, Ind. He is currently transitioning out of his most recent position as vice chancellor for advancement at Purdue University at Calumet.