Project Management Institute

In Memoriam

Kenneth O. Hartley

Kenneth O. Hartley, PMI Fellow

We are saddened to share the passing of one of our PMI Fellows, Kenneth O. Hartley.

Since joining PMI in 1973, Ken created a lasting impact on PMI as we know it. He was an incredibly engaged project management devotee both locally and globally. 

Ken was a part of several major PMI milestones. As PMI chair in 1984, he and the entire PMI Board of Directors sat for the “beta” version of the first Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam. Additionally, as the PMI vice president of member services in 1982, he was tasked with developing the most prestigious PMI award to recognize the contributions of a PMI member to the organization and the profession. The resulting award was the well-respected PMI Fellow Award, which Ken was a recipient of in 1986. 

He served in several capacities while part of the PMI Northern California Chapter from 1976 through 1989, including secretary, president, representative to the PMI Council of Chapter Presidents, executive committee member, and advisory committee member. During that time he also served as co-publicity chair for the successful PMI ‘86 Seminar/Symposium held in San Francisco. 

At the PMI Board level, he served as vice president of member services (1981-82), president (1983) and chair (1984). Ken was then asked to return to the PMI Board to fill an unexpired term (1999-2000) and was reelected to the Board again for the 2002-04 term, during which he served as chair in 2004. 

In addition to the PMI Fellow Award, Ken received numerous PMI recognitions: PMI Northern California Chapter Wally Kruse Award (1986), PMI Person of the Year Award (1985), PMI Distinguished Contribution Award (1997), and was the first recipient of the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award in 1999.

Ken served at various times on the Project Management Journal Editorial Review Board, the Ethics Review Committee, and the Advisory Committee for PMI’s first approved Project Management Master’s Degree program at Western Carolina University; reviewed changes to the PMP® exam; evaluated papers for presentation at PMI Research Conferences. Ken was also a member of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) Board of Directors three times and sponsored the PMIEF Kenneth Hartley Project Leadership Development Scholarship. 

Throughout his career, Ken worked on mega-projects in 20 countries and resided in six of these countries during his career. His impact on the profession and PMI will forever be celebrated and remembered.