Iowa State University Alumni Association

Kari A. Hensen

Term expires '19

Annual Member

'96 Sociology
'98 MS Ed Leadership & Policy Studies
'05 PhD Education
Ankeny, Iowa

Kari is the associate dean of arts and sciences at Des Moines Area Community College. In this role, she assists with the hiring and support of faculty to ensure students receive outstanding educational experiences. She is active on the Iowa Governor’s STEM Committee for the south-central region and co-chairs DMACC’s STEM Council. As an undergrad at ISU, Kari was active in the Student Alumni Association (now Student Alumni Leadership Council), VEISHEA, Delta Zeta, Cardinal Key, and Cyclone Aides. As a graduate student, Kari earned a Research Excellence Award. She and her husband, Andy ('96 marketing), received the ISUAA's Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009, and she served on the Cardinal & Gold Gala committee in 2011. Kari is chair of the Board's Awards Review and Selection Committee and has been a member of the Strategic Plan Task Force and ISU Alumni Clubs Advisory Work Group. Kari and Andy have two children: Kelsey and Drew.

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