Hastings (Neb) High School (1959)
University of Nebraska at Omaha (1963), Bachelor of Arts with Honors, English
Kent State University (1966) Doctor of Philosophy, English.
He arrived at KU in 1995 as the successor to interim chancellor, Delegate Shankel. Hemenway was succeeded as chancellor by Bernadette Gray-Little. Since 2002, Hemenway has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.
Upon his arrival at KU, Hemenway prioritized making KU a Top 25 academic institution in America, which he has continued at an even greater pace in more recent years.
In 2007, KU ranked 88th according to the United States News & World Report ranking of all national universities (public & private). During Hemenway"s tenure, KU has ranked as high as 30th (1998) in the United States News & World Report ranking of public universities and was ranked 45th in 2005.
KU ranks 3rd among public colleges and universities for the number of Academic All-Americans since 1990. Hemenway has also made research a pillar of KU, especially in medical fields, and, in 2006, made a commitment to cancer research through the designation of the KU Cancer Center.
On December 8, 2008, Hemenway announced that he would step down from the chancellor position on June 30, 2009 after serving 14 years in the position.
He announced that he would be transitioning to the role of faculty member after taking a sabbatical during the 2009-2010 academic year, to write a book on intercollegiate athletics and American values. Hemenway was replaced by Bernadette Gray-Little. Hemenway died July 31, 2015 from complications of Parkinson"s disease.
Authored "Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary ", about the Harlem Renaissance author, which was named one of the New York Times" Best Books of 1978.
In addition to serving as chancellor, Hemenway teaches English. Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and the University of Wyoming Nicknames: Chancellor Bob (referred to himself as this at 2006 commencement ).
Uncle Bob (sometimes used by students) Married Leah Renee Hattemer on December 19, 1981.
In addition to his duties as chancellor, Hemenway has served as Chair of the 18-member National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I board of directors from 2002 to 2005 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council on.