Kenneth R. Hougland, í49,
is the Park University Alumni Associationís 2004 Distinguished Alumnus.
He was chosen for this prestigious alumni award based on his
distinguished career, his volunteerism and his long-term support of his
Hougland is a native of
Kansas City who returned home after serving in World War II with the 20th
Air Force. He immediately enrolled in Park where he earned an
undergraduate degree in economics. On campus he stood out as a leader,
accepting such roles as Phillips Dormitory president and chairman of the
Religious Life Committee. His academic and student leadership
experiences launched his distinguished career down a path that has
utilized his aptitude for management, religion, higher education and
After graduation from
Park, Hougland attended the University of Illinois where he earned a
masterís degree in Labor and Industrial Relations. As part of his
graduate studies he served a labor internship with Butler Manufacturing
Company, and a management internship with National College, both in
Kansas City, Mo. Upon the personal recommendation of Parkís President
J. L. Zwingle, he was able to combine the latter internship with the
position of business manager at National College. In addition to
administrative responsibilities, Hougland served as professor of
Economics and Political Science. He held this position from 1950 to
The next step in
Houglandís career took him to The Chicago Theological Seminary where he
served as business manager from 1955 to 1962. Faced with a severe
budgetary crisis, he successfully met the challenge by reorganizing the
seminaryís struggling finances. During the seven years Hougland managed
the business office, the seminary overcame its financial deficits and
completed a major building campaign.
With this successful track
record, Hougland returned to Park, where he served as business manager
from 1962 to 1969. His responsibilities included hiring all
non-academic personnel, overseeing construction and maintenance of the
physical property and supervision of the schoolís endowment funds.
Hougland supervised the construction of Shepard Hall in 1968.
In 1969 Hougland moved into the
position of business manager of Louisville Presbyterian Theological
Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He retired in 1986 from this
institution as the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and
Business Manager/Treasurer. In that role, he was in charge of all
budgetary operations, non-academic personnel, building and grounds,
dining areas, dormitories and the $20 million endowment.
Since his days at Park ,
Hougland has maintained an active role in the Presbyterian Church. He
has served as an elder of the Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church,
Louisville, Kentucky; as a member of the board and treasurer of Furlough
Home Board of Louisville, Kentucky, which provides housing for
Presbyterian missionaries; and as a member of the Board of Highlands
Community Ministries, Inc., an ecumenical outreach program of 26
churches in Louisville. As a volunteer he served both as the executive
director of the Covenant Housing Fund, Inc. which built homes for low
income people, and as chairman of the building committee and a board
member for Highlands Court, Inc., where he supervised the construction
of a 100-unit apartment building for elderly and handicapped residents.
In addition to his church-related volunteer roles, he has been a member
of numerous boards, including the Association of Theological Schools in
the United States and Canada, the Fund for Community Ministries and the
Kansas City Regional Council of Higher Education. Hougland also served
on the Park University Alumni Council, holding the office of treasurer.
Hougland met his wife Eva
(Tyree) while attending Park. They were married in Graham Tyler
Memorial Chapel shortly after she graduated from Park in 1950. They
reside in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and have a son, Daniel; a daughter,
Dana; and two grandsons. Hougland is an amateur photographer and enjoys
gardening and singing in the church choir.
The Alumni Association is
proud to recognize Ken Houglandís professional and volunteer
accomplishments. They acknowledge and thank him for his contributions
to his profession, his community and to Park University by presenting
him with the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus award.