Dykes Library is named after Dr. Archie R. Dykes who served as Chancellor of the University of Kansas from 1973 - 1980. He was named a regent for the State Universities of Kansas in 1982 and was the only former administrator to receive this honor from the governor. He held that position until 1986. Dr. Dykes was recognized for his service with the highest award given by the University of Kansas, called the 'Distinguished Service Citation.' The alumni of the University of Kansas also recognized his achievements by awarding him their highest honor, the 'Fred Ellsworth Medallion.' He continues to serve as a trustee for the Kansas University Endowment.