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 Award

The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes a University employee  whose visionary accomplishments have contributed significantly to foster and to  increase Penn State’s efforts to serve the adult learner. The award is open to any University employees who

  • Demonstrates leadership, support, and advocacy for adult  learners throughout the University community.
  • 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.

Nomination Information and Deadline


Nomination Instructions

  • Complete the online nomination form and two short letters of support to nominate a colleague for the Shirley Hendrick Award.
  • Gather your letters of support and submit by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, through the link below. Note: The deadline has now closed.


Typically, an individual will receive the award only once, unless the subsequent nomination demonstrates that  the current work being recognized is new and distinct from the body of work previously recognized.

An individual who has received the award is not eligible to receive it again for five years.

Current members of the Commission for Adult Learners may not nominate individuals during their term of service.

The selection committee may, after reviewing the nominations, elect not to select a  recipient for a given year.

Award selection committee contact: Jamie Campbell,


Past Award Recipients

Click here to view past recipients of the Shirley Hendrick Award.


Note: All award nominees should be prepared to present at the 2019 Hendrick conference as part of the recognition for the award recipient. Further information will be shared with those individuals by the Hendrick Award and Conference planning committee following award winner selection.