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RHedgesRichard D. Hedges

Dick graduated from Blue Mound High school where he was active in a wide range of activities and athletics. He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1956 and immediately made an impact on the football team in which sport he lettered all four years. In addition he was selected for an additional honors being named to the 1st team All Kansas Athletic Conference team in both his junior and senior years. On a national basis he was named to the 2nd team Methodist All-American squad. On campus he was a member of the Zeta Chi Fraternity and served as its president one year. He graduated in 1960 with a A.B. Degree in Social Science. Following graduation he began a career that would lead him from teaching and coaching in several high schools n the state of Kansas all the way to presidency of a University and to being named to the Kansas Board of Regents. His first coaching opportunity came in Baldwin City where his coaching influence turned around a mediocre program and made the Baldwin Bulldogs into a winning team. Five years later he moved into administration as assistant principal at Columbus, Kansas while maintaining his full-time coaching responsibilities as well. His program there was successful and he also sent several players from Columbus to Baker including previous Baker Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Ken Jones ’70. He had one additional appointment with both administrative and coaching duties for two years at Hutchinson before making an important move to Fort Scott where he was named principal in 1979. In 1983 he made a jump from high school ranks to the being named president of Fort Scott Community College, a position he retained until 1991. Following two short stints away from Fort Scott, first with private industry and letter with Johnson County Technical School he was summoned once again to take the presidency of Fort Scott Community College. He remained president until 2001. During his career he was both a member and in leadership positions with numerous civic, arts related and educational associations. He additionally has served as Mayor of Fort Scott for three terms. He earned both a Masters Degree in Secondary Education Administration and later an ED. S., Degree from Pittsburg State University. In 2004, Pittsburg State named him as their outstanding alumnus. In 2007 he was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents by Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius. He was married to Karen, his wife of many years who passed away in 2006. Together they have two grown sons, Lance and Kyle and six grandchildren.

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