Shirley Hendrick Award

Shirley Hendrick Award recipient Dr. Brian C. Clark

2018 Recipient

Dr. Brian C. Clark

Director of Veteran Programs at Penn State

The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes a senior administrator who has significantly advanced efforts for adult learners at Penn State. Dr. Brian Clark is the recipient of the 2018 Shirley Hendrick Award. Dr. Clark is currently the Director of Veteran Programs at Penn State, having served in different capacities in this office for over 39 years. A veteran himself, Dr. Clark is recognized for his commitment to veteran students for example by serving as the advisor to the Penn State Student Veteran Organization for many years. Dr. Clark also developed the counselor/certifying official model of service for veteran and military students currently used at Penn State, which results in a multi-prong approach to supporting them. He played an integral role in securing availability of federal financial aid for veterans by removing GI Bill benefits as a disqualifier for this aid, and testified on Capitol Hill in this regard.

Shirley Hendrick

The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes a University administrator whose visionary accomplishments have contributed significantly to foster and increase Penn State’s efforts to serve the adult learner. The award is open to all academic administrators University-wide, including but not limited to, deans, associate and assistant deans, and chancellors, whose efforts have made an impact on the accessibility of programs and services available to adult learners throughout the University community.

Award Criteria

Champions strategic initiatives to integrate best practices for adult learners into the overall landscape of the University.
Encourages innovative activities to foster and inspire a culture of collaboration while improving access to adult learner programs and services.
Exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurial and visionary leadership in creating new opportunities for adult learners to access Penn State programs.

NOTE: All award nominees should be prepared to present at the 2018 Hendrick conference as part of their recognition. Further information will be shared with those individuals by the Hendrick Award and Conference planning committee following award winner selection.

Nomination Information and Deadline

Nomination Instructions

  • A simple form and two short letters of support are all that is required to nominate a colleague for the Shirley Hendrick Award.
  • Gather your letters of support and submit by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, through the link below.

The nomination window for 2018 is closed. Please check back in fall 2018 for future nominations.

For More Information

Questions about the award or nomination process may be directed to Albert Lozano at

For more information about the Hendrick Conference, please visit the conference web page or contact Judy Wills at