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Dillon Lecture Series Finalizes 2024 Lineup


By Hutchinson Community College


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Dillon Lecture Series has announced its remaining speakers for the 2024 season. In addition to the previously announced Steven Ford (actor and son of former President Gerald Ford) on September 17, the 2024 Series has added Jerome Tang, head men’s basketball coach of Kansas State University on October 8.

Coach 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.

Tang is just the 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.

Tickets for both lectures are available now at or will be available at the Sports Arena beginning at 9:45 am the day of each lecture.

2024 is the 43rd season for the Dillon Lecture Series on the Hutchinson Community College campus.  For more information on the Dillon Lecture Series, or for information on how to become a patron, call Becky Rogers at 620-665-3505 or visit the website at