Henderson to honor distinguished alumni

Henderson State University will honor three distinguished alumni Oct. 23 during homecoming. Johnny Hudson, John Gentry and Ann Kincl were selected for their outstanding achievements and contributions and will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Banquet.

The banquet starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Garrison Center Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 870-230-5401.

Hudson, a 1967 graduate, co-founded the state’s fifth largest CPA firm, Hudson, Cisne & Co. LLP. He also co-founded the Aspirnaut Initiative to provide STEM educational opportunities for children in rural communities. Hudson served on Henderson’s Board of Trustees and currently serves as chairman of the HSU Foundation Board of Directors.

Gentry is a 1985 graduate and former physics instructor at Henderson. While at HSU, he directed a federally funded summer program to aid at-risk youth. He currently serves as a radiation oncology physicist specifically focused on radiation and breast cancer research.

Kincl, a 1966 graduate, spent her career in K-12 education, retiring in 2006 as director of gifted education for the North Little Rock School District. She also co-founded Aspirnaut and led the design of the Aspirnaut curriculum knowing firsthand what it takes for a rural Arkansas student to succeed.