Paula Offutt, PhD, DMin

President, CEO

Kenner University’s pedagogical tenets are founded on the virtues of wisdom, humanity, justice, courage, temperance, and transcendence, which are employed to foster student growth and academic achievement.


Dr. Paula Offutt’s current role as the President and CEO of Kenner University is a testament to her profound dedication to faith, education, and service. In this capacity, she leads the institution with innovative and strategic initiatives, all firmly rooted in the university’s Christian tradition, with the ultimate goal of bringing education to developing nations to create a more sustainable, equitable world.

Dr. Offutt’s career spans over 15 years of transformative higher education leadership. Her roles, including Program Chair, Program Director for Graduate and Doctoral Studies, Dean, and Education Consultant, have left an indelible mark in the education sector. Dr. Offutt’s innovative curricula, concentrations, and programs for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies have set new standards, ensuring alignment with industry standards and accreditation requirements. Her contributions extend beyond the classroom, as she has also chaired various university governance committees and played a pivotal role in accreditation and reaffirmation site visits for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and Project Management Institute-Global Accreditation Center (PMI-GAC).


  • PhD in Organizational Management-Human Resource Management
  • DMin in Expository Preaching & Teaching
  • MBA-Human Resources Management
  • MA in Christian Studies-Christian Leadership
  • BS in Public Administration-Health Services Administration