Henni Campbell cherishes 25 years with GH school district

Henni Campbell's four bosses at Grand Haven Area Public Schools shared a common trait. They were all visionaries, she said. Campbell, 65, who has been an administrative assistant to the superintendent for the past 25 years, officially retired on Wednesday. During her tenure with the Grand Haven school district, Campbell has worked with superintendents Joseph Zapytowski, William Dean, Rick Kent and Keith Konarska. Campbell said she enjoyed her time with each one of them.
Len Painter
Sep 2, 2011


“I can’t tell you how wonderful a place the school district is to work for,” she said of her long tenure with GHAPS. “There is a real sense of family.”

Campbell was hired in 1986 by Zapytowski to be his executive secretary. Her ability to take shorthand was a key reason why she was hired — a skill that isn’t as relevant in today’s computer age.

“I really enjoyed working for him,” Campbell said.

Zapytowski, she said, was instrumental in purchasing the property off Ferris Street where Grand Haven High School is now located.

Her next boss was Dean, who was hired in 1994. Dean was in charge when voters approved a millage to construct a new high school off Ferris.

Kent took over in 1998 when Dean moved on to a school district in Virginia.

Her last boss, Konarska, was promoted from assistant superintendent in 2007 and is the district’s current superintendent.

Campbell has also witnessed the school boards and four superintendents struggle over school financing issues through the years.

“They (school officials) have been very visionary in avoiding layoffs,” she said. “People in this district work together."

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