Institute director receives award of excellence

Jeff Hendry

Jeff Hendry, executive director of the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University, received the 2014 Institute Director’s Award of Excellence from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) at the institute’s annual conference in Milwaukee.

Hendry received the award May 19 based on his “outstanding accomplishments and contributions of significant benefit” to the municipal clerk profession.

As one of the IIMC’s institute directors, Hendry has worked diligently for the past 14 years improving the educational and professional development opportunities for city clerks throughout the state of Florida. In addition, he has served as an adviser and facilitator of educational certification programs for both the Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC) and IIMC’s Education Resource Group.

“I am extremely humbled to receive this award,” Hendry said. “It’s an honor to be able to work with one of the most dedicated and professional groups of public servants in the state through organizations such as the IIMC and the FACC.”

Members of the Florida Association of City Clerks executive board nominated Hendry for the award, and several members of the Florida State community wrote letters of endorsement, including Robert Bradley, former vice president for Planning and Programs, and Anne Blankenship, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, who both noted Hendry’s “passion for public service and deeply held commitment to educating those who address local problems daily.”

“We cannot think of a single individual who more deserves the Director’s Award,” Bradley and Blankenship wrote. “Integrity, vision, commitment and devotion define his efforts in the state.”

Hendry has worked at the Institute of Government since 1993 as a coordinator, assistant director and associate director before becoming only the second executive director of the institute in 2005 following the 2003 death of Dailey, for whom the institute is now named. Hendry received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University, where he worked before joining Florida State.

The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government, established in 1981, is an entity dedicated to its mission of enhancing the capacity of Florida’s governments and communities through education and training, technical assistance, applied research and public service. The institute serves the public’s interest through affiliated offices located at FSU and the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University and Florida Gulf Coast University.