Robert Veninga

Robert Veninga

Professor Emeritus, Division of Health Policy & Management


Robert Veninga is Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. He enjoyed 34 years of mentoring graduate students and public health practitioners. He is the author of four books and over 100 articles in professional and scientific literature.

Dr. Veninga has spoken to audiences throughout the world on leadership, innovation, and human resilience. Seven of his presentations have been featured in Speeches of the Day, which publishes the best speeches delivered to national and international audiences. His books, including Hope: How we Survive Our Tragedies, have been widely acclaimed.

Dr. Veninga's academic background includes graduate degrees (Ph.D., M.A.) in Speech-Communication from the University of Minnesota focusing on organizational and cross-cultural communication as well as a graduate degree (B.D.) from the North American Baptist Seminary. He is an active layperson in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of Sioux Falls. He serves as a consultant to financial service firms, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies, and professional associations.

Dr. Veninga has been the recipient of many academic honors and was noted as an "Alumnus of Notable Distinction" by the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. Among the awards he holds most dear, however, are those presented by students. Upon being accepted into the Teachers Hall of Fame, a student wrote: "Dr. Veninga has a passion for what he does… He is a true asset and ambassador for the University of Minnesota." 

Dr. Veninga is married to Karen Smit Veninga. They have a son and daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and many cherished friendships. Dr.Veninga can be reached at [email protected].

Awards and Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health