Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a 1985 graduate of Park University, will present the keynote address at his alma mater’s Kansas City Area December 2016 Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 10. The ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence, Mo., starting at 11 a.m.
The event will include 454 Park University students eligible to graduate and participate in the ceremony — 209 students will receive a master’s degree and/or graduate certificate, and 245 students will receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree and/or undergraduate certificate.
Kendrick was appointed president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in March 2011. The NLBM is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America. Kendrick was the Museum’s first director of marketing in 1998 and began a stint as the vice president of marketing in 2009. In 2010, he accepting a post as executive director of the Kansas City chapter of the National Sports Center for the Disabled before returning to the NLBM.
As the NLBM president, Kendrick is responsible for the museum’s day-to-day operations and for the development and implementation of strategies to advance the mission and financial stability of the nonprofit organization. Kendrick’s association with the NLBM began as a volunteer during a 10-year career with The Kansas City Star before being appointed to the NLBM’s Board of Directors in 1993.
In 2006, the Greater Kansas City Black Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Mary Lona Diversity Award and he was named Citizen of the Year by the Omicron Xi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Park University honored Kendrick in 2013 with its Distinguished Alumnus Award, and in 2014, Kendrick was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.