JOHN S. HENDRICKS
John S. Hendricks was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an independent director in February 2007.
Hendricks is the founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, the world’s No. 1 nonfiction media company. Hendricks created Discovery Channel in 1982 as the first cable network in the United States designed to provide high quality documentary programming.
Hendricks has been the driving force behind Discovery’s dramatic growth, including the expansion of Discovery Communications from its core property, Discovery Channel, to current global operations in more than 200 countries and territories with more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers. Under Hendricks’ leadership, Discovery now encompasses more than 140 networks of distinctive programming, representing 28 entertainment brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery. Discovery’s other properties include Discovery Education and HowStuffWorks.com.
A visionary in the media industry, Hendricks has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Award and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences highest honor, the Governors Award, for conceiving the TLC series, Great Books. The Ark Trust named him a recipient of the Genesis Award for lifetime achievement for his efforts in raising awareness around the globe about animal issues. Hendricks has also been recognized as the first corporate leader to receive the National Education Association’s Friend of Education award for “innovations in education and technology and greatly expanding educational opportunity for America’s schoolchildren.”
In addition to the United States Olympic Committee, Hendricks serves on the board of directors of a number of other non-profit organizations, including the National Forest Foundation.
Before 1982, Hendricks founded and served as president of the American Association of University Consultants, a private consulting organization that specialized in television distribution, marketing and fundraising for educational programs and services. Hendricks holds a bachelor’s degree in history (magna cum laude, 1974) and an honorary doctorate (1991) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.