Hank Malin

There’s nothing I enjoy more at work than helping Denison students or alumni answer the questions “What do I want to be when I grow up…and how can I get there?”  Maybe that’s because my own career journey has been a classic liberal arts college graduate story and far from linear!

I majored in history, dabbled in courses in French, political science, and education, and studied abroad in France. I thought I was going to be a lawyer until a summer job as a paralegal ended that idea.  Since college, I have enjoyed four distinct careers. I taught history, math, and theater at a couple of boarding schools for 6 years, then served as an admission officer (undergrad and MBA) for 8 years, worked in various Human Resources roles at General Mills for 20 years, and now am in my fifth year at Denison as Executive Director for the Knowlton Center at Denison.  Every day I use my liberal arts skills of critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and verbal and written communication.  I have never been bored professionally and I am still learning every day!

Along the way, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to live in a variety of states and countries: New York, Virginia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, France, Holland, England , Canada, and now Ohio.  So when people ask “where are you from?”, I’m never quite sure how to answer because although I was born in New York (and lived there three times), I’ve spent more years in Minnesota than in any other location (18 winters to be precise).

I’m fortunate to have been happily married for 31 years to a fellow liberal arts graduate and both our grown sons are liberal arts graduates too (Denison and Hamilton).  And yes, I edit their resumes, when asked!