The Dicke Legacy

The Dicke family is special to Trinity University—from their talents as undergraduate students, to their leadership on Trinity University’s Board of Trustees, to their continued philanthropy.

Since 2016, Janet Dicke has served on Trinity’s Board of Trustees. Jim Dicke, Trustee Emeritus, served on the Board for 35 years, chairing it from 1997 to 2002. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Service Award, one of Trinity’s highest honors.

Janet and Jim Dicke stand in front of a maroon Steinway piano in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
  • Janet S. Dicke Professorship in Public Humanities
  • Dicke Piano Funds
  • Donation of Steinway pianos, making Trinity an all-Steinway campus
  • Dicke Smith Art and Music Building
  • Irene Dicke Scholarship Fund
  • Janet S. Dicke Scholarship Fund
  • Extensive donations of rare books and art, including artwork in Northrup Hall and the sculpture Rapture by Bret Price, which graces the outside of Laurie Auditorium


The Dickes are part of a Trinity family legacy, as a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, two nieces, the Dickes' son, and daughter-in-law all followed Janet and Jim as Trinity graduates.

The Dicke legacy at Trinity expanded to include Mr. Dicke's brother Dane '75, his wife Kerry '73, the Dickes' son Jim III '93 and his wife Katy '94, and two nieces, Anastasia Huelsman '98 and Ashton Dicke '00.


Janet and Jim Dicke’s special legacy at Trinity began when they were both pursuing their undergraduate degrees.

Mr. Dicke was Class President and earned a B.S. in Business Administration, while Mrs. Dicke, a member of the Chi Beta Epsilon sorority, earned a B.A. in Elementary Education with a teaching field in art, both in 1968.


Investing in Students

The Dickes have invested in the entire student journey, giving of their time and financial commitment to various scholarship funds, campus buildings, the arts, and other initiatives that will continue to shape Trinity's future.

Side by side of the interior and exterior views of the Dicke art building.
The Jim and Janet Dicke Art Building

"The Dicke Art Building has had a profound impact on our program and educational mission in a myriad of ways. The building as a whole has proved to be a fantastic recruiting tool for Trinity and has had a major impact on both the quantity and quality of art majors."
– Liz Ward, Art and Art History Professor

English professor Michael Fischer gives the inaugural Dicke Humanities lecture in Chapman Great Hall
The Janet S. Dicke Professorship in Public Humanities

This endowed professorship helps Trinity underscore its focus on the humanities as an essential part of a liberal arts and sciences education. With this professorship, Trinity supports accomplished faculty who embody Trinity's commitment to the humanities.

Students in Ruth Taylor Courtyard
The Irene K. Dicke and Janet S. Dicke Scholarships

Since 2002, the Irene K. Dicke and Janet S. Dicke scholarships have provided more than $2 million in support, giving 95 students the opportunity to discover their talents and potential at Trinity.

Kristina Cheng plays a maroon inlaid Steinway in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
All-Steinway Campus

The opportunity to practice and appreciate music at an All-Steinway campus is rare—Trinity is one of only 168 colleges and universities in the world that give students from all majors this opportunity. An all-Steinway campus demonstrates a commitment to excellence and an unparalleled educational experience.


"Additions to the campus that you have made in honor of your family members give students, faculty, staff, and visitors an enriched experience that deepens their respect for the University and plays a part in the lifelong learning that you value.
Thank you for all you have done to give back to Trinity."

– Danny J. Anderson, Trinity University President