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Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame inducts TU alumnus

Will Rogers High School Community Foundation will induct adjunct professor Bill Hinkle as a member of the Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame on April 6 for his award-winning advertising and creative directing, in addition to his dedication as an advertising educator at The University of Tulsa.

Hinkle’s other achievements include the TU Alumni Association’s J. Paschal Twyman Award, in 2012, and induction into TU’s Communications Hall of Fame in 2017.

Notable members of the Hall of Fame include author S. E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders, and rock and roll legend Leon Russell.

Hinkle graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1964, where he played baseball and was involved in the school’s theater program. After graduation, he attended Oklahoma State University to play baseball, but transferred to TU his sophomore year. At TU, he found the opportunity to explore the advertising and journalism field as a writer for The Collegian with his own sports column called Bill’s Board.

While studying at TU, Hinkle interned with advertising agencies on advice from his father, who owned the largest graphic design firm in the southwest for 30 years.

After graduating in 1969, Hinkle found work in the advertising field and later started his own company, J. William Hinkle, Inc. in 1979. After selling this company in 1983, he worked as the executive creative director for the two largest advertising agencies in the state.

When companies began developing in-house marketing agencies in the 1990s, however, Hinkle decided once again to start his own business. In 1991, Hinkle Creative Services Inc. began, as a resource for companies’ marketing departments.

Just three years later in 1994, Hinkle began working as an adjunct professor of advertising after seeing the need for a more developed PR/Advertising program at TU.

Hinkle continues to grow his creative marketing business and still teaches advertising classes at TU, in addition to sponsoring a team of students in the National Student Advertising Competition each April. This real-world experience is just one of the ways Hinkle helps to put TU graduates ahead of the rest.

Media Studies Department Chair Mark Brewin recognizes the impact Bill Hinkle has made not only on TU, but the Tulsa community more generally.

“He’s the kind of guy who deserves this,” Brewin said of the WRHS Hall of Fame award. “He genuinely cares about the city and about giving back.”

Whether it is in the classroom or in his community, Bill Hinkle strives to encourage everyone to be the best that they can be.

Will Rogers High School Community Foundation honors those who have achieved “extraordinary success in their chosen careers, and are a positive influence on tomorrow’s leaders”. Bill Hinkle has done just that.

This article was written by media studies freshman Jaci Chavey.