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Grand View University President Appointed to NAICU Board of Directors


Kent Henning, President of Grand View University, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private, nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll nine out of every 10 students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

Members of NAICU’s board of directors set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association’s financial administration. There are 44 members of the board, and they serve three-year terms. There are 12 college and university presidents joining the NAICU board on February 6, 2013. Eight are regional representatives, while four are at-large members.

Grand View University, with an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students, is a not-for-profit, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Des Moines, IA.  Henning has been the President at Grand View since 2000.  Since his 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.

“President Henning was selected by his peers because of his expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “He assumes his responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”