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Robert J. Denson

Des Moines Area Community College

Rob Denson was appointed the 4th President of Des Moines Area Community College on November 1, 2003.  He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies and graduated from high school in Marengo, Iowa.  He is the first native born Iowan to be President of DMACC.

DMACC served 38,099 credit and over 33,000 non-credit students in 2010-2011, having  grown over 50% in the past 5 years.

Rob has a B.S. in Political Science and Economics and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University.  He worked for Iowa State as an Assistant Dean for 3 years before moving to Florida where he served as an Assistant Dean of Students.  He graduated from Law School at the University of Florida in 1979 and was an Associate University Attorney for 3 years before operating his own law practice for 16 years. He is a board certified civil trial lawyer.  In 1996, he became Assistant to the President and Dean for Institutional Advancement at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. 

In 1998, Rob returned to Iowa as President of Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa where the College saw a 58% enrollment increase during his five year tenure.

Rob “loves his job” at DMACC and believes in success, teams, and positive thinking.

He and his wife, Pat, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.