Jennings Receives “George F. Hixson” Award
On September 23, 2009, Gerald L. Jennings, was awarded the George F. Hixson Fellowship Award by
the Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti. Gerald is a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the
Ypsilanti Historical Society and contributes significantly to a wide variety of programs and
projects of the Society. The following information about Gerald was printed in the brochure passed
out at the award ceremony and is reproduced here with the permission of the Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti is honored to present Jerry Jennings with the George F. Hixson
Fellowship Award for all the dedication and service he has given to the YHS and LHS Key Club, this
Kiwanis District and this Kiwanis Club.
Jerry met his wife Mary at Ball State. They have three children, Brent, Vicki and Pamela. Jerry
holds the B.S. and M.A. degrees from Ball State and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Jerry
joined EMU’s Department of Business and Technology Education in 1963 and retired in 1998 receiving
emeritus faculty status by the EMU Board of Regents.
Accomplishments: During his years at EMU Jerry served as undergraduate program coordinator and
then graduate school coordinator.
Jerry served on a number of professional education councils in the nation and presented
technology education papers at state and national meetings. He served as editor of the American
Council on Technology Teacher Education Yearbook and received special recognition from that council
for his service to technology teacher education.
EMU awarded Jerry the College of Technology Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 1987. He
was also recognized by the Division of University Marketing and Student Affairs for his service to
Jerry is an active community member. He has worked with numerous school districts on school
improvement projects. He was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, and an Ypsilanti Public School
Board Trustee. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Ypsilanti First United Methodist
Church and as Chairman of the United Campus Ministries Board of Directors. Jerry is a member of the
Ypsilanti Historical Society Board of Directors. He works on Habitat for Humanity construction
projects. He teaches classes of middle school students about robotics at the Ann Arbor Hands-On
Museum. Jerry has served as Faculty Fellow on the Sigma Phi Michigan Lambda Chapter Corporation
Board at EMU.
Jerry has been a vital member of the Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti since he joined in 1998. The
various positions he has held include President and Lt. Governor. Jerry helped establish Key Club in
both Ypsilanti High School and Lincoln High School. He continues to be Advisor to both. Jerry
continues to use his thorough knowledge of Kiwanis to advise the club. He is always one of the first
to arrive and the last to leave.
(Editor’s Note: From time to time the Gleanings will highlight special recognition or awards
presented to our officers and members, particularly for service to the community.)
Photo 1: The Jennings family at the award ceremony. From left to right: Mary (wife), Jerry, Vicki
Salemi (daughter), Max (grandson) and Brent (son). Their daughter Pamela lives in Indianapolis and
could not be present at the ceremony.