James C. Hendrix, Ph.D., currently serves as assistant director for Ball State University’s Dual Credit Program in Muncie, Indiana A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, James grew up in Gary, Indiana. He received his doctorate in higher education administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. An administrator for more than 25 years, he has worked with elementary, middle, high school, and college students. He loves learning and is passionate about providing access to higher education for all.
“I started volunteering with NACEP by serving as a peer reviewer of accreditation applications. That experience showed me how important NACEP’s standards are for colleges and universities that want to have top-rate concurrent-enrollment programs,” said James.
James has volunteered for NACEP in a number of other ways including facilitating NACEP webinars, participating as a national conference session panelist, chairing the research committee and serving on the NACEP Board of Directors.
When asked what his best NACEP memory is, James replied, “My best NACEP memory occurred during the 2015 National Conference in Denver. Ball State University (my institution) received accreditation from NACEP that year. Stepping on the convention stage with my supervisor -Ted Ward - to receive recognition for our accreditation felt surreal, much like I was in a dream. I felt proud of the work my team and I at Ball State had done to receive accreditation from NACEP. It was an honor for me to accept the accreditation distinction on behalf of Ball State.”
“I have learned about the local, national, and international impact of NACEP. NACEP works with people from across the nation and in other countries, including state and federal lawmakers, and leaders from other organizations. During the time that I have participated with NACEP, I have developed a new appreciation of the importance of concurrent programs. These programs are crucial in the progress of the United States if we want to see more people gain access to higher education,” James said.
When James is not working, he enjoys writing. He has written hundreds of pieces that have appeared in local, national and international magazines and newspapers. “Two years ago, I wrote a short play that was produced and performed in an Indianapolis theater. I am currently working on another short play and a full-length play, which I hope will be produced next year.”