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Meet President Henning

Kent Henning is the thirteenth president of Grand View University.  Since Henning's arrival at Grand View, the University has experienced growth in virtually every area, including full-time enrollment, residential student population, expansion of University facilities, and addition of academic programs.

Born March 31, 1958, Henning was raised near McGregor, Iowa.  In 1980 he graduated from Wartburg College with a bachelor of arts degree in English and communication arts, and in 1989, graduated the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with an MBA. Before coming to Grand View in 2000, he worked 20 years in college advancement. 

Henning and his wife, Carole, a journalism and English teacher retired from Southeast Polk High School, have two college-age daughters, Audrey and Julia.

Henning serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of UnityPoint-Des Moines and the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.  He is a Board member of the UnityPoint Health, Iowa Power Fund, Bankers Trust, the Embassy Club, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  He is a member of the Council of Presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council, the Iowa College Foundation, the Lutheran Education Conference of North America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Council of College and University Presidents.  Henning holds memberships in the Rotary Club of Des Moines, Hyperion Field Club, and St. James Lutheran Church in Johnston.