McKendree University's Daryl Hancock Chosen as Illinois Bicentennial Honor 200 Honoree

(LEBANON, Ill., November 30, 2018) — McKendree University Chief of Staff Daryl Hancock was named to the “Bicentennial Honor 200” list, which honors the work of 200 veterans from across the state who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois.

Nominees were selected based on their achievements in uniform and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large. The Honor 200 list was compiled as part of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration. The selectees will be honored on Dec. 3 at the Bicentennial Birthday Celebration at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Hancock served as a Captain in the U.S. Navy and joined the leadership team at McKendree in 2017, following his retirement from the Navy. During his 30-year career, he served in senior leadership roles at sea and ashore. As an intelligence officer, he supported stabilization and combat operations in Iraq, the Balkans and Haiti; tsunami relief operations in Indonesia; and counter-piracy operations off Somalia. In 2011, he was stationed locally at Scott Air Force Base with U.S. Transportation Command as the Director of Intelligence and Commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center.

As the first institution of higher learning in Illinois, McKendree University has a rich history of serving veterans and active duty military. In 2018, McKendree was again designated a “Military Friendly® School” by Victory Media, which sets standards for higher education institutions to provide positive opportunities for veterans. Hancock was instrumental in the establishment of a McKendree chapter of the SALUTE National Honor Society for veterans, and several new student-focused groups, such as the Student Veteran Association, and a National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team, which takes its team name from the 117th Regiment of McKendree faculty and students during the Civil War.

Gov. Bruce Rauner released the Bicentennial Honor 200 list, saying “America is the greatest nation on earth because of the sacrifice of our veterans. We are proud to honor these 200 men and women as part of our Bicentennial celebration.”