Iowa State University Alumni Association

Kurt Alan Tjaden

Term expires '19

Life Member & Sustaining Life Donor

'85 Accounting
Bettendorf, Iowa

Kurt is the president of HNI International and senior vice president of HNI Corporation, a Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership of the company’s international operations, primarily focused on China and India. As an ISU student, Kurt held leadership positions with the Student Alumni Association (now Student Alumni Leadership Council), Greek Week, Senior Class Council, Theta Chi Fraternity, Cardinal Key, and Order of Omega, as well as several other campus organizations. Kurt and his wife, Kristyn ('85 speech comm) were recipients of the Order of the Knoll Emerging Philanthropist Award from the Iowa State University Foundation and have endowed the ISUAA’s Tjaden/Cassidy Senior Class Council Scholarship. They are members of the Order of the Knoll and Cyclone Club. Kurt is also a member of the Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors, serving on the awards committee, and the Gerdin School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. For the ISUAA Board of Directors, Kurt has served on the Finance Committee, Governance Committee, and Strategic Plan Task Force.

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