CORVALLIS - Jon Hendricks, a professor of sociology at Oregon State University and director of OSU's University Honors College, has been selected as a Charter Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Fellow status is an honor that recognizes "outstanding leadership in gerontology and-or geriatrics education, according to Derek Stepp, spokesperson for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Selection is based on achievement in teaching, scholarship and research in gerontology and geriatrics.

Hendricks has been on the OSU faculty since 1988. Before becoming the first director of the university's honors college two years ago, he chaired the Department of Sociology. His research focused on the abuse of alcohol and medicine by the elderly.

He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1971.

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Derek Stepp, AGHE, 202-429-9277