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Release: Aug. 8, 2000

Hensley is named Entrepreneurial Center director

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Hensley has been named director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Hensley, associate director of JPEC, succeeds Ed Moldt, who served as director from 1998-2000 and was recently named chairman of the JPEC Advisory Board. As director, Hensley will develop and implement a comprehensive entrepreneurial program designed to meet the educational needs of UI students and Iowans of all ages.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the UI's entrepreneurial program. The previous directors built a solid foundation and instructional team that has resulted in our early success. As director, I will continue our efforts to assist all Iowans in pursuing their dreams of business ownership," he said.

At the Tippie College of Business, Hensley will teach entrepreneurship courses in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship program, coordinate local and statewide FastTrac entrepreneurial training programs at Iowa's community colleges, and work with students, UI faculty and Iowa entrepreneurs on new business development. He will also play a leadership role in the JPEC's new statewide high school entrepreneurship program that includes high school teacher training and support and an advanced summer camp for Iowa high school students.

Hensley became JPEC's associate director in January 1999 after serving as director of the John Pappajohn Business and Entrepreneurial Center at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. Hensley has more than 10 years experience in entrepreneurial education, business consulting and management. He has provided start-up and management consulting services to several companies throughout the Midwest and recently started a new company in Iowa.

Hensley also works with several statewide organizations, including the Iowa Entrepreneurial Consortium's statewide distance learning program in entrepreneurship. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Eastern Iowa Enterprise Council and a member of the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) Advisory Board.

Hensley, a native of Atlantic, earned a bachelor of science degree in economics and political science from the UI. He has a master's of business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he is also a doctoral candidate.