Hank Dickenson begins his 20th football season with the Mean Green in 2014. In the past year, he has enjoyed recognition in conjunction with that longevity, becoming the recipient of the inaugural "Bob Rogers Service and Community Engagement Award" at the University's Honors Day Ceremony. In addition, Dickenson received the Denton Chamber of Commerce's "Otis L. Fowler Award," denoting business success and community service as well being honored by the Boy Scouts of America/Longhorn Council's "Distinguished Citizen Award."
In his administrative 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. His main focus, however, remains corporate fundraising and oversight of the sponsorships and advertising revenue for the athletic department. He also has supervisory duties for all external activities of the athletic department including the areas of fundraising, marketing, promotions, media relations and overall public relations within the community.
Dickenson served as the department's point person for the Apogee Stadium naming right project which produced the 20 year, $20 million contract. He originally 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.
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 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.
A known fundraiser and active community liaison., Dickenson is a Past Board Chair of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, having served for seven years on the local Chamber Board of Directors. He additionally sits on the First State Bank Advisory Board, serves as the Chairman of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club's Fireworks Show and is on 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 (16) and Joe (14).