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Greater Manhattan group names new CEO

By The Mercury

Vernon Henricks was appointed chief executive officer of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation by its executive board. He will begin work Feb. 4.

“We are thrilled to have Vern joining the foundation,” said board chair Dennis Mullin. “Vern’s experience and knowledge of the community will allow us not to lose the momentum that the foundation has had over the last couple of years.”

Henricks has served as vice president of institutional advancement for Manhattan Christian College since 2006. 

“It is my goal every day to make a difference in someone’s life,” Henricks said. “Philanthropy is about building relationships and creating opportunities, regardless of whether you are giving or receiving.” 

Henricks brings 33 years of experience as a development professional and non-profit consultant. He has served as senior vice president for Hartsook & Associates, vice president of major gift programs for the KSU Foundation, executive director of development for the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, director of development for the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburg, associate athletic director at Humboldt State University, and assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at Fort Hays State University.

Vern earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Kansas State University. He and his wife, Lane Henricks, have two children, Jordan and Lauren.

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