About Kent

You can contact Kent Huyser at khuyser@gonsergerber.com or 816.509.9997.

Kent Huyser is a senior consultant at Gonser Gerber LLP. In this role, he provides advancement consulting services to colleges, universities, schools, healthcare organizations, and other non-profits nationally. Client services focus on comprehensive campaigns, project fundraising, major/annual gift strategies, planned giving, strategic planning, board and staff development and integrated marketing. Kent also provides study services (Campaign Readiness Studies and Advancement Audits) and is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops.

Prior to joining the firm, Kent served as associate vice chancellor for advancement at Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City (MCC) where he led a successful advancement program and was responsible for the College’s Foundation (development, constituent relations, stewardship), communications, public relations and marketing functions. At MCC, he launched a $20 million campaign, the college’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign reaching record fundraising levels that yielded the largest individual and grant gifts; largest event-based fundraising totals; and largest employee giving totals in the organization’s history.

Before MCC, Kent served as director of development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Foundation where he led fundraising efforts for the School of Medicine and assisted in a $200 million comprehensive campaign for the institution. Prior to UMKC, Kent served in leadership positions at William Jewell College (MO), including regional development director and executive director of alumni relations and annual giving. In those roles, he helped manage campaigns that secured more than $80 million, doubled annual operating support, increased the percentage of alumni giving, and better positioned Jewell as a national liberal arts college.

Before working in advancement, Kent served the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for 10 years, participating in the management development program and holding leadership roles in human resources, savings bonds, and information technology.

You can view more of Kent’s professional history by visiting his LinkedIn page.