Beloit College President Scott Bierman has received the 2011 Ken Hendricks Community Spirit Award. The award, which is named in honor of ABC Supply founder, Beloit College trustee, and local philanthropist Ken Hendricks, is presented annually to an individual in the Beloit community that is possessed of the “vision to see possibilities, the energy to make a difference, and the commitment to see things through.”
The honor was announced last night at the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. Diane Hendricks, chair of ABC Supply and the wife of the late Ken Hendricks, made the presentation at the event, calling Bierman a “wonderful person and personal friend.” Martha Mitchell, the longtime director of Beloit’s tourism office, Visit Beloit, was recognized with the honor in 2010.
When accepting the honor, President Bierman referenced his remarks from a year ago, when he gave the keynote address at the event, noting that the college and city are “indebted to each other” and wed to one another. He called the recognition “one of the great honors of my life.”
The president wasn’t the only person from the college recognized at the packed event in Beloit’s Eclipse Center. Outgoing chamber board member and Beloit’s Director of Admissions, Jim Zielinski, was also recognized, as was new board member Dean Bill Flanagan.