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Dean named for School of Health Education

I am pleased to introduce Dr. Kendricks Hooker as the new Dean for the School of Health Education (SoHE). He has been serving as interim dean since November first and prior served as associate dean in the School of Arts and Sciences. 

Prior to joining Madison College, Kendricks served as the Chair of the Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Health Studies programs at Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, TN. He concurrently held the position of Professor of Biology and taught Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathophysiology. In other roles, Kendricks served as a Biology instructor at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, AR; Director of Upward Bound Math and Sciences at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS; and research technician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Kendricks holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University, a Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University, a master's and bachelor's of Science in Biology from Jackson State University, and an associate of arts degree in Biology from Coahoma Community College.  Kendricks is an educational enthusiast that thrives on preparing and motivating faculty, staff and students for success. 

Kendricks loves spending time with his family and is the proud father of one daughter, Keendra Hooker, of Memphis, Tenn.  In his spare time, Kendricks loves to travel, cook, watch sports and is an avid runner.

Special thanks to all who participated in the search process, the other finalist candidates and Dr. Denise Reimer who led the search process. 

Please join me in welcoming Kendricks to our leadership team in this role. With Kendricks, Sandy Docter, Lisa Marie Greenwood, Ernise Watson and the outstanding staff and faculty, SoHE is set to fly higher than ever before. 


Turina Bakken, Ph.D.

Published June 21, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.