Jenny Keyser brings 30 years of teaching, program development, and nonprofit leadership to HECUA. With a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in English from Hanover College, she began her career by teaching literature at colleges in Louisiana and Minnesota, and subsequently left teaching to direct programs and provide leadership to educational and community-based nonprofit organizations, including the Minnesota Literacy Council, Minnesota Humanities Commission, and the Children, Youth & Family Consortium. Currently, she serves as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), and is a member of the working group on deliberation in the classroom convened by the Kettering Foundation.
The Executive Director serves as chief executive officer, accountable to the HECUA Board of Directors for the HECUA organization and its operations as a nonprofit educational institution. With the President of the HECUA Board, the Executive Director assists the HECUA Board of Directors to fulfill its policy-making and governance function. Jenny also provides leadership and management for the formulation, articulation, and achievement of HECUA’s philosophy, mission, and strategies. She is a steward of HECUA’s mission and history and helps formulate and lead HECUA’s future.