The Hendrick Family proudly celebrates 70 years of providing quality housing and excellent food to University of Illinois students as well as the personal care and attention they need during their busy college years. As graduates of the University of Illinois, the owners of Hendrick House understand the rigorous study that is required to achieve and thus strive to provide an environment that is conducive to academic success.
Robert and Mary Lee Hendrick started with a small house for 17 students in 1948. With the eventual involvement of their children, now the owners, they expanded the facilities to the current Hendrick House with a total capacity of 364 students in two modern, connected buildings just one block from the original site.
Hendrick House has become a second-generation and now, third-generation choice of campus housing for Illini families. We hope that you will take time to tour Hendrick House and meet the members of the Hendrick Family who are onsight daily.
Betsy was raised in the student housing/food service business from the age of 9 when her parents, Bob and Mary Lee Hendrick, bought their first student house at 1111 W. Illinois St., Urbana. She attended grade schools in both Champaign and Urbana and graduated from Champaign High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the College of Media, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign. She was reporter on The Daily Illini, The News-Gazette and was employed in public relations for the Illinois Dept. of Public Safety, Traffic Safety Division, Springfield, returning to Urbana as resident manager of Hendrick House.
After a few years at Hendrick House, she worked in the Office of the Cook County (Chicago) Sheriff and eventually became the Sheriff’s Press Secretary. The next few years she was between Hendrick House working with her mother and the Sheriff’s Office, finally returning in 1984 as President/CEO of Hendrick Dorms, Inc. following the death of her mother. Her father had passed away in 1978.
Hendrick Dorms, Inc. is an extremely successful company with occupied residence halls and an extensive outside food service which started with off-premises catering for many Greek and privately owned houses on the UIUC campus and has recently expanded to catering for Parkland College and Carle at the Fields.
She enjoys continuing contact with former residents, both recent and from her early years with Hendrick House. Her daughter, Becky, who was born when Betsy was resident manager, worked in the family business for 20 years and now enjoys the good life as a graduate student at the University of Illinois, School of Social Work, pursuing her MSW.
Terrell is from Colorado, and attended schools in Utah, Colorado and Washington, DC. He spent most of his life in Colorado, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 2010, to work as a manager at the Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS). He met Bobbie Hendrick in 2011, and they married a few years later. Mid-2016, they relocated to Urbana and he stepped into the CEO position at Hendrick House as Betsy Hendrick began to move towards retirement.
Terrell has over thirty years of business experience in a wide range of industries and business areas from marketing and sales to finance and accounting, operations and technology development. For ten years he built and ran his own geospatial technology firm which he eventually sold to a company based out of India.
Terrell is currently President/CEO of Hendrick Dorms, Inc., (Hendrick House), which provides student housing to University of Illinois students, and food services on campus and throughout the Champaign-Urbana area. He spent 12 years in the US Navy as an Intelligence Officer and Reserve Attaché. In addition, Terrell has served on numerous boards and is a member of Champaign West Rotary club.
If you have any questions regarding Hendrick House, the Hendrick House farm, our amenities & services, our dining options or anything else, please feel free to contact us.