Hank Dickenson, the
longest tenured administrator at North Texas, enters his 18th football season
with the Mean Green in 2012.
In his role as the
Deputy Athletic Director, Dickenson assists the Director of Athletics in
sport oversight of football, scheduling, administrative management, personnel
management and holds a leadership position on the senior management team.
continues oversight of the corporate sponsorships and advertising revenue for
the athletic department while handling supervisory duties for all external
activities of the athletic department. He served as the department's point
person for the Apogee Stadium naming right project which produced the 20
year, $20 million contract. His external oversight for the department
includes the areas of fundraising, marketing, promotions, media relations and
overall public relations within the community.
Dickenson designed the
Mean Green Corporate Partner Program that has secured multi-million dollar applications
inside Apogee Stadium as well as previous scoreboard renovations at Fouts
Field, the Super Pit and the Mean Green Village. Under his direction,
sponsorship revenues exceed $1.5 million annually.
He continues to
organize the annual "Don January Golf Tournament", the major spring
fundraiser for athletic scholarships. In addition, he also coordinates the
Mean Green Radio Network in terms of advertising, affiliate relations and
contract negotiations. Working alongside George Dunham, Dickenson also
provides on-air talent as color commentator (football), play by play and
color (basketball) with over 500 North Texas broadcasts to his credit. He is
also the in-house producer of telecasts on TXA21 as well as web productions
He also teaches Sports
Broadcasting, as an adjunct professor at UNT, continuing a tradition set by
Hall of Fame broadcaster Bill Mercer. The class relies heavily on guest
lecturers with ties to UNT, including Dunham, Craig Way, Mark Followill, Dave
Barnett, Dandy Killeen, and Doug Anderson to name a few.
Dickenson is a known
fundraiser and active community liaison. He is a Past Board Chair of the
Denton Chamber of Commerce, having served for seven years on the local
Chamber Board of Directors. He is also on the First State Bank Advisory
Board, serves as the Chairman of both the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club's Fireworks
Show and the Salvation Army of Denton County's Advisory Board of Directors. Dickenson has been
recognized in the past by the Rotary Club of Denton-South as "Community
Volunteer of the Year", Denton Business and Community News as the
"Business Person of the Year", Denton Noon Kiwanis Club's
"Kiwanian of the Year" and has also received the "Chamber of
Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award".
A 1987 graduate of the
University of Kansas, Dickenson also holds a master's degree in sports
administration from the United States Sports Academy. He and his wife, Missy,
are proud parents of two boys, Dan (14) and Joe (12).