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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and EM4MER'S ADVOCATE NEWS Wednesda); PAGE B3 March 7, 2018 =' FAR LEFT: Mary J.C. Hendrix, who began her tenure as Shepherd University president on Feb. 29, 2016, has introduced the motto, "Excellence, Innovation , and Opportunity." The 1974 Shepherd grad held leadership roles at the University of Arizona, the University of California-San Francisco, St. Louis University and the University of Iowa and was serving as president and chief scientific officer of the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University's Feinberg :' School of Medicine when she became the first ," Shepherd grad to hold the school's top job. ,~ ) By BETH BATDORF sor and coordinator of educational ficult, as they are in higher educa- Special to the Spirit field services at Shepherd. tion across the nation, it is impor- Dr. Hendrix earned her Ph.D. tant to have a leader who believes in from George Washington Univer- collegiality and values the opinions SHEPHERDSTOWN - I remem- sity in Washington, D.C and was and actions of her colleagues. We bet the moment I met Mary J.C.then awarded a post-doctoral fel- see bedlam in many schools across Hendrix. lowship to train at Harvard Medi- the nation as they struggle through It was Nov. 3, 2015, and she was cal School. Someone should write a the same issues we face. And I am coming in the door for her open-ses- book about all of Dr. Hendrix's sci- certain it is because so many faculty sion campus interview for the posi- entitle achievements in the field of and staff at these schools do not feel tion of Shepherd University presi- dent. cancer research and her many lead- valued and respected. Dr. Hendrix in the few moments I had with her ership positions in national organi- has taken it upon herself to know before her formal presentation, she zations, what is going on across campus and It was wonderful to hear her pre- to do everything she can do to blow charmed the living daylights out of sentation, "Targeting Aggressive that horn." me with her intellect and presence. Tumor Cells Using Stem Cell Tech- L. DOW BENEDICT Dr. Hendrix recently celebrated nology," at Shepherd nearly a year her second anniversary as the pres- Dean, School of Arts and ident of Shepherd, and though she ago. I hope she will make another Humanities likes to be, in her words, "under the public presentation this year, and we should applaud the fact that she === radar," she agreed to talk with me is still involved in cancer research at "Dr. Hendrix is an outward facing for an article. There is so much to celebrate her lab at West Virginia University. president who is reaching beyond about Shepherd, and Dr. Hendrix is Here, let's focus on Dr. Hendrix's our campus in creative ways to build outstanding accomplishments dur- support for Shepherd University. clearly proud of the Shepherd pro- ing her first two years as presi- But she still manages to know who lessors and staff and the community dent - as detailed by Shepherd stu- everyone is and remembers people members who support Shepherd. dents, her colleagues and communi- by name. She is an amazing people Many of our readers know that Dr. Hendrix is Shepherd's 16thty members. A sampling of what I person who connects with and cares president and the first alumna in the heard when I asked how Dr. Hen- about people. It is such a point of school's 144-year history to serve as drix is doing so far - pride that Dr. Hendrix got her start president.-: "You will find no better exam- at Shepherd". Dr. Hendrix is a native of La Jol- ple of Shepherd University's his- STEPHANIE A. la, Calif and because her father, toric strength and future poten- SLOCUM-SCHAEFFER, charles Nelson Grant Hendrix, a tial than Dr. Hendrix. She's taken Associate Professor, Navy captain and World War II Sil- a Shepherd degree from her home- Department of Political Science ver Star recipient, was an active town to the front line of cancer re- and Gender and Women's duty officer, the family moved fre- search at Northwestern University Studies co-coordinator quently, and now back to West Virginia. She Then when she was in elementa-loves Shepherd and has a vision for m-- ry school, her father accepted a po- the university nothing short of ex- "Dr. Hendrix is an overwhelm- sition at the U.S. Naval Academy cellence. She dreams big; works ingly positive person. She responds -he started the oceanography de- tirelessly; and accomplishes goals, quickly to anything I send to her partment at the school in Annapo- Shepherd University has helped and acts upon most requests with lis, Md. - and the family moved to many people excel. Dr. Hendrix has her support or moves things into the Springwood, the family farm near retumed here to make sure many, hands of those who can best address Shepherdstown. many more excel as well." the concerns. She has been support- ive of initiatives in the department Dr. Nevins B. Hendrix, a Martins- GAT CAPERTON from individual faculty. She made it burg surgeon and Mary Hendrix's Secretary, Shepherd University paternal grandfather, had purchased Board of Governors and Gat the farm in 1941. Thanks to the late Creek Furniture CEO U:S. Sen. Robert Byrd, much of the original farm is now home to it= the National Conservation Training "Dr. Hendrix has so many good Center. ideas and encourages others who Dr. Hendrix is proud to share that have good ideas. She believes com- her mother, Jesse Hendrix, worked pletely in being open and honest and for many years as an assistant to involving the campus community in "Dr. Hendrix has been an amaz- James Moler, an education profes- all decisions. When times are dif- ing breath of fresh air at Shepherd. "ty's F She is immensely capable and un- derstands the systemic problems at Shepherd and how to address them. She is fearless about making deci- sions and taking actions that will be best for Shepherd. A great example is her gathering of local politicians and convincing them that Shepherd had been underfunded for so long that last year's round of mandated cuts simply couldn't and shouldn't be sustained. And the politicians lis- tened to her. Dr. Hendrix is a leader who has an uncanny ability to 'read' people and then choose an ethical action that leads to a positive out- come. She is exactly what we need for Shepherd University." SYLVIA BAILEY SHURBUTT, professor of English and coordinator of Appalachian Studies Program mmm "I feel fortunate to have Dr. Hen- drix as president not only due to her cheerful enthusiasm but her com- mitment to bringing opportunities to our students through public-private partnerships, but also to her role as a scientist. Having a president who is a renowned and a respected can- cer biologist means that as new op- portunities and pathways are forged at Shepherd, science will not take a back seat. "Dr. Hendrix is equally comfort- able working with scientists, health- care providers and research fund- ing agencies as she is with donors and partners from the business com- munity. We have a successful, well- connected woman in science as our president, and she serves as a great role model for faculty and students alike ." CAROL Z. PLAUTZ, op a certain passion and energy forc the institution. Dr. Hendrix watched the university grow and can now be directly involved in its continued ex- pansion and development. I'm sure the opportunity to be Shepherd'i president is a dream come true for Dr. Hendrix. I would personally like't to see more alumni become leaders , of their alma maters." SANDY DUBAY SPONAUGLE' ' Shepherd University Alumn!i Association president mmm ," "If I only had two words to de:" scribe Dr. Hendrix it would be 'fo- cused energy.' She is always think- ing about opportunities to help' Shepherd and combining these op- portunities with activities that help Shepherd achieve that goal. She has. an entrepreneurial mindset which think is unusual for a college presi, dent. She refuses to just prod along doing things the way they have al-,: ways been done "A group of business leaders in the community had been encour- , aging Shepherd to consider creat5 ing a College of Business for sever al years before Dr. Hendrix arrived. It took Dr. Hendrix to combine op- portunities with actions and we now have a College of Business." BEN MA1RTZ, College of Business dean and acting chairman of the Business Administration Department # .' mmm "As an alumna, President Hen drix has a deep and lasting connec-' tion with Shepherd. She brings en- ergy, inspiration and enthusiasm to, Shepherd, and is guiding the Shep herd community with a judicious vi- sion for the future." possible for the local Bodice Project professor of biology and KIM HUTTO ;; to be seen at a conference in Chi- associate editor for electronic Shepherd Direetol , 1tl cago." publishing proceedings of the of Alumm Affalr i: RHONDA SMITH West Virginia Academy of i, Chairwoman, Department of Science Contemporary Art and Theater "Dr. Henddx radiates potential : = = You can feel her positive, aspira-!i "I think it is exciting and unique that Shepherd has a graduate as its president. As an alumna, you devel- tional energy projecting from herl: with sincerity. I findit inspiring-. She : (See HENDRIX Page B9)!: THE STATE'S NEWSPAPER INDUSTR WEST VIRGINIA PRESS NSIGHT Y PRESENTS POLICY AND IMPACT NOT POLITICS OR PERSONALITIES A 30-MINUTE WEEKLY VIDEO PROGRAM FEATURING NEWS AND 2018 LEGISLATIVE COVERAGE THIS WEEK: Teacher pay and walkout As the 2018 Legislative session draws to a close, a look at the status of key bills INDEPTH: Anne Btankenship, Executive Director of WVONGA, talks with WVPA Executive Director Don Smith about co-tenancy and other natural gas issues. WATCH: Look for coverage in this newspaper, on its website or on Facebook. j I ,t t