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Hank Dickenson
Hank  Dickenson
Deputy Athletic Director

Hank Dickenson begins his 23rd season with the Mean Green in 2016. In his administrative role as the Deputy Athletic Director, Dickenson serves as the Mean Green’s number two administrator and is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Athletic Director’s absence. He currently holds the role of Acting Athletic Director during a national search process.

He regularly represents the athletic department at events and meetings and assists the Athletic Director in oversight of the football program. Dickenson has oversight of the department’s external units, including business development initiatives (marketing, sponsorship and promotions), athletics communication, and assists with certain development efforts, such as event planning and naming rights opportunities.

Dickenson led the department's efforts 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 Dave Barnett, Dickenson also provides on-air talent as color commentator (football), play-by-play and color (basketball) with well 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.

A known fundraiser and active community liaison, Dickenson has been honored as the recipient of UNT’s inaugural "Bob Rogers Service and Community Engagement Award", the Denton Chamber of Commerce's highest honor, the "Otis L. Fowler Award," as well being honored by the Boy Scouts of America/Longhorn Council's "Distinguished Citizen Award."

A Past Board Chair of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, Dickenson 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 and the Serve Denton Communications Committee.

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 (17) and Joe (15).