David K. Hensley

David K. Hensley

Management & Organizations

Clinical Professor and Executive Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

  S160B  Pappajohn Business Building
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994

Academic History

  • MBA in Finance, University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1992
  • BS in Economics and Political Science, The University of Iowa, 1986


  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Feasibility and Business Planning
  • Small Business Finance


  • Top 25 national undergraduate entrepreneurship program ranking, Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine, October 2013
  • The University of Iowa undergraduate entrepreneurship program is ranked among the top 25 nationally recognized academic programs by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine., March 2010
  • President's State Outreach Award, University of Iowa Office of the President, October 2007
  • Collegiate Teaching Award, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, May 2005
  • The UI's undergraduate program in entrepreneurship was recognized as the 2004 National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, USASBE, 2004
  • The University of Iowa was ranked as the 9th Most Entrepreneurial Campus by and The Princeton Review., 2004

Current & Prior Positions

  • Clinical Professor, Department of Management and Organizations, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, July 2006 - Present
  • President and Founder, Hensley Group, Ltd., December 1999 - Present
  • Associate Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, January 1999 - June 2000
  • Director, Pappajohn Center at North Iowa Area Community College, April 1997 - January 1999
  • Supervisor of Research Automation and Economic Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, January 1993 - March 1997


  • University Economic Development Partnerships, Midwest Creative College Town Conference, Iowa City, IA, September 2014
  • Building an Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Program, Midwest Engineering Entrepreneurship Network, Akron, OH, August 2014
  • Strategic Business Planning, Iowa Banker's Association - Banking School, Iowa Banker's Association, Cedar Rapids, IA, June 2014
  • Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Iowa, EntreFest, Iowa City, IA, May 2014
  • Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Iowa's Creative Corridor, North Liberty Chamber Annual Dinner, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, North Liberty, IA, October 2013
  • Strategic Planning in the Banking Sector, Iowa Bankers Association Banking School, Iowa Bankers Association, Cedar Rapids, IA, June 2013
  • Successful Iowa Entrepreneurs, John R. Hughes Lectures Series in Entrepreneurship, Hills Bank & Trust Company, Iowa City, IA, November 2008
  • Developing a Successful Career in Iowa, Okoboji Area High School Be Your Own Boss Day, Iowa Lakes Corridor, Okoboji, IA, November 2008
  • Growth Strategies for Your Business, Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference, IDED and JPEC's, Des Moines, IA, October 2008
  • Technology Commercialization at The University of Iowa, Association of American Medical Colleges' Business Affairs Principal Business Officers' Meeting, Association of American Medical Colleges, Toronto, Canada, September 2008
  • Small Firm Valuation, Iowa City SEED Monthly Luncheon, Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Coralville, IA, September 2008
  • Supporting Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Through Distance Education, Iowa Community College Distance Education Conference, Iowa Community Colleges, Des Moines, IA, March 2008
  • Strategic Growth Strategies , West Branch Community Business Dinner, West Branch Chamber, West Branch, IA, March 2008
  • Successfully Growing Your Business, EntreFest, UNI/ JPECs / IDED, Cedar Falls, IA, February 2008
  • Developing a Successful Business Plan, UI Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, JPEC, Iowa Centers for Enterprise, ISB&T, Iowa City, December 2007
  • Writing a Successful Business Plan, Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference, Iowa Dept. of Economic Development & Others, Des Moines, IA, October 2007
  • Case Study on Student Business Incubators, National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, U.S. Entrepreneurship Centers, Syracuse, NY, October 2007
  • Entrepreneurial Resources, Iowa City Community Leadership Program, Iowa City/Chamber, Iowa City, May 2007

Committees and Professional Service

  • Institute for International Business Advisory Council, 2015-current
  • Kirkwood Regional Center Executive Committee, 2015-current
  • Leadership Studies and Academic Courses Leadership Subcommittee, 2015-current
  • Dream Big Grow Here , 2014-current
  • University of Iowa Research Park Board, 2012-current
  • UI SBDC Advisory Board, 2012-current
  • Entrepreneurial Development Center, 2012-current
  • Technology Association of Iowa, 2012-current
  • Iowa City Area Development Group, 2011-current
  • University of Iowa Research Foundation Board, 2010-current
  • Corridor Business Alliance, 2008-current
  • Iowa First Capital Fund Advisory Board , 2004-current
  • UI Economic Development Leadership Team, 2003-current
  • Iowa Venture Capital Tax Credit Evaluation Study Advisory Panel, 2014-2015
  • BEST of Iowa Coalition, 2013-2014
  • Iowa Innovation Corporation, 2012-2014
  • Corridor Business Alliance Branding Committee, 2012-2014
  • University of Iowa Patent Advisory Committee, 2009-2014
  • University of Iowa Conflict of Interest in Research Committee, 2008-2014
  • Tippie Strategic Planning Core Committee, 2012-2013
  • WiderNet Executive Committee, 2005-2012
  • Henry B. Tippie College of Business Executive Committee, 2000-2012
  • Iowa Venture Capital Conference Planning Committee, 2000-2010
  • Henry B. Tippie College of Business MBA Curriculum Task Force Committee , 2007-2008
  • Univeristy of Iowa Research Foundation, 2003-2008
  • John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center/Iowa Centers for Enterprise, 2007-2008
  • Iowa Business Council Capital Formation Hot Team, 2003-2006

Additional Training

  • FastTrac TechVenture Entrepreneurial Instructor Training, 2006
  • Price-Babson College Fellows Program, 2001
  • Lifelong Learning for Entrepreneurship Education Professionals: Dynamic Classroom, 1999