West Lafayette, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1973
A lot of people remember John Hicks, West Lafayette, Indiana, for his jokes in his Agricultural Economics classes, and for his tearful rendition of ''Casey at the Bat'', but the truth of the matter is that they are among the lesser of his accomplishments. John received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts. In 1950, he joined the staff of the Purdue Agricultural Economics Department, and soon became one of Agriculture's most popular teachers. He earned his Master's and Doctorate Degrees from Purdue. In 1955, John was appointed executive assistant to Purdue's President. There, one of his primary responsibilities has been to work with the Indiana General Assembly on matters concerning Purdue. He also has served as chairman of the Indiana Post High School Education Commission, and as a consultant to the Brookings Institute, the U. S. Office of Education, and the Academy of Educational Development. In 1963, he received the Leather Medal from the Purdue Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi as the person making ''the greatest contribution to the welfare, success, and reputation of the University''. Through good times and bad, John W. Hicks has been a stabilizing influence on high level policy makers at Purdue. His brilliant intellect, and his common good judgment make him a most valuable gear in Purdue's executive machinery. He richly deserves Purdue Ag Alumni's Certificate of Distinction.