Kendig came to Roanoke as Dean of the College in 1952. In 1963, he became Roanoke’s seventh president. Anticipating increased enrollment in the sixties, Kendig led the campus in much building and renovation: Bowman, Marion and Crawford dormitories and the four fraternity houses, and in the seventies, Antrim Chapel and the three-building science complex. The physical size of the campus doubled.
“Kendig made remarkable progress at the college during his era,” Roanoke College President Mike Maxey said at the tree planting held on Alumni Weekend. “The college grew, the building that took place during his time here was tremendous. He originated the January term when we initiated the 4:1:4 plan. He initiated faculty sabbaticals for the first time in the history of the college.”