John Kendrick graduated with the highest honor, Summa Cum Laude, from Jarvis Christian College in 1985. He received the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management. Kendrick pursued the Master of Business Administration degree from Ohio State University and graduated with the degree and a concentration in marketing in 1987.
Kendrick started his professional career as a Sales Specialist with the General Foods Corporation in Dallas, Texas. General Foods later merged with Kraft Foods Global, Inc. While with Kraft Foods, he has received numerous awards. In 1995 and 2001, he received the Kraft Superior Achievement Award, which recognizes teams and individuals who make significant contribution to the company. The Kraft Corporate Planning Team of the Year Award was given to him in 2001 and 2002. Kendrick has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership and strong work ethic.
Within Kraft Foods, Kendrick served as the President of Kraft’s National Black Sales Council from 2002 – 2004. He was a member of the Corporate Diversity Council from 2000 – 2005.
Kendrick is involved in many charitable causes including INROADS, Boys and Girls Club of America, the National Kidney Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the United States Olympic Committee. He is a member of the National Black MBA Association and the NAACP.
While at Jarvis, Kendrick was very active in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) by serving on several councils and boards. That tradition continues to the present. He is a member of the University Christian Church in Cincinnati.
During the graduation ceremonies, recognition and plaques will be given to 50-year Jarvis graduates, Mrs. Marine D. Jones and Mrs. Mary E. Pleasant.
Mrs. Marine D. Jones received the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business education and minor in social studies. Later, she earned the Master of Education degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Mrs. Jones worked for the Aldine Independent School District (AISD) for 38 years as a secretary, librarian, teacher and counselor. Most recently, she serves as a field supervisor for teacher interns for the University of Houston-Downtown. In February of 2002, she was appointed to the Aldine ISD Board of Education and is serving her third term on the board. She has held the following positions on the board: president, vice-president, secretary and assistant secretary. Mrs. Jones serves as the first vice president of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards. She has received various awards for her work on the board, in the community and as a professional educator.
Mrs. Mary E. Pleasant received the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in social work and minor in business. While at Jarvis, she was elected Miss Jarvis 1959-1960. Mrs. Pleasant taught elementary school for two years in the Holy Trinity Catholic School in Dallas, Texas shortly after graduating. After her stint in education, she joined the Neiman Marcus Customer Service team and retired from Neiman Marcus in 2000. While serving as a member of the Warren Avenue Christian Church in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Pleasant received numerous awards and recognitions. For the past four years, she has been a member of the Bonnie View Christian Church. Mrs. Pleasant is proud that her sons Dwayne Rodgers and Dwight Rodgers are pastor and associate pastor of evangelism, respectively, at the Bonnie View Christian Church in Dallas, Texas.
There will be a retirement reception honoring Dr. Lorene Holmes following the graduation ceremonies. Dr. Holmes is the former Director of Career Services, Jarvis graduate and former member of the Jarvis Board of Trustees. She has been an educator for over 40 years and mentor to many Jarvis students, faculty and staff.
Jarvis Christian College, a private, liberal-arts college, offers coursework in various disciplines leading to the baccalaureate degree. Located in Hawkins, Texas and founded in 1912, the College has been providing higher education opportunities for 97 years.