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Dillon Lecture Series

Since 1982, the Dillon Lecture Series has provided distinguished and notable speakers that many in Hutchinson, Kansas and surrounding communities might not have the opportunity to experience. 

From poets, politicians and space scientists to American heroes, each is chosen by the Dillon Lecture Committee by following the teachings of Chinese philosopher Kuan-Tzam - “learning is the key to enlightenment” - to educate and inspire audiences across a wide age span.

All lectures are held in the Hutchinson Sports Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m. and last one hour.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $10. Students and school groups are admitted free of charge with a school ID. Tickets are available online ( or at the Sports Arena on the day of the lecture. 

Steven Ford - September 17, 2024

Film and Television Producer

Steve has enjoyed a successful acting career for over 25 years appearing in over 800 hours of film and television productions. He has worked on over 25 films and many guest-leads in television. Before becoming an actor in 1980, Steve worked on the professional rodeo circuit as a team roper and served three years on the Board of Directors of The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and currently serves on the Board of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

He is highly sought after nationally as a motivational speaker for corporate events relating his inspiring experiences during his family’s stay in the White House and his years in Hollywood. Steve speaks about his own successful battle overcoming alcoholism and shares with audiences inspiring stories of character and leadership that lead to the Ford family’s success which will help audiences rethink their own lives. He is the third son of President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford.


Jerome Tang - October 8, 2024

Kansas State Wildcats Basketball Coach

Jerome Tang, who was selected as the 2023 Werner Ladder Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year after guiding the Wildcats to a 26-win season and its 13th trip to the Elite Eight in his inaugural season, recently completed his second season as the 25th head men's basketball head coach at Kansas State.

Coach Tang is just third coach in the program's history to be selected National Coach of the Year, joining Fred "Tex" Winter (who presented a 2003 Dillon Lecture) in 1958 and Jack Hartman in 1980, while he is the fourth head coach from a Big 12 institution to earn the honor from the Naismith Trophy. He was a candidate for nearly every other National Coach of the Year honor in 2022-23, including finishing as the runner-up for The Associated Press award. In addition, he was the consensus Big 12 Coach of the Year, earning the honor from both the league coaches and the AP.



Richard Shank, Chair
Uriah Bueller - Susan Buttram - Butch Dillon - Carolyn Dillon 
Tammy Dillon - Charlotte Galler - Kathy Morris - Dane Power  
Dr. Carter L. File, President, HutchCC

Chairperson, HutchCC Board of Trustees
Hutchinson National Faculty Association
President, Student Gov. Association
Denny Stoecklein, HutchCC Marketing 
Becky Rogers, DLS Coordinator/HutchCC Pres. Admin Asst.

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