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University Events Staff

Kris Hensley, Event Manager

Kris Hensley

Kris is an events planning professional with the University Events Department at James Madison University. She specializes in “high end” events that require the maximum attention to detail.

With over 19 years of experience in the hospitality, marketing and events industries, Kris has successfully executed hundreds of events from community events and festivals, weddings and private social events, corporate and small business programs, and currently university events in the higher education arean. The companies she has worked with include Massanutten Resort, Hanks Smokehouse and Catering, CellONE and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. Along with other events and management roles, Kris has built upon her different experiences in order to make a lasting impact at JMU.

With an inherent love for all things event-oriented and “client experience” paired with creative energy, extreme organization and a drive for perfection, she now brilliantly plans over 30 events a year, serving as the essential point of contact from the initial planning stages to the day of execution. She specializes in the small details…finds solutions to any challenge…and excels at being calm under pressure.

Kris strives to impact the organizations and people around her in a positive way and is an essential asset to the UE Team.

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