After a national search that took place over the last few months, the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Douglas J. Jensen as the college’s seventh president.
Dr. Jensen brings over 30 years of community college experience with him to RVC, including having served as president for Alabama Technology Network, part of the Alabama Community College System in Montgomery. Prior to that, he spent five years as Vice President of Economic Development/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Advanced Technology Center for Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, PA.
His college experience also includes stints at Northcentral Wisconsin Technical College in Wausau, WI; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI; and Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA.
Most recently, Dr. Jensen has worked as the Assistant Director of Educational Services, Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) for the Alabama Department of Commerce in Montgomery, AL. Under the supervision and oversight of the Alabama Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Dr. Jensen promoted and advanced economic development through statewide education and training services to new and expanding businesses throughout the state.
“Throughout the search process, the trustees were continually impressed with Dr. Jensen’s experience, skill set and understanding of all facets of the college,” said Patrick Murphy, Chairman of the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees. “His 30 years of community college experience, including having served as a college president, were important factors in the board’s decision. Additionally, his proven success in establishing new programs and facilities to support those programs aligns with the college’s current direction and future goals for growth.”
“I feel humbled and blessed to be given this opportunity,” said Dr. Jensen. “My wife Karen and I are excited to become a part of the college community and the community at large as we begin this next chapter of our lives.”
Dr. Jensen received a Doctorate of Education from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, and both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. He is also a community college graduate who earned an Associate of Science from Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA, where he would later work for over 17 years.
The Board of Trustees will vote to approve Dr. Jensen’s contract at Tuesday night’s board meeting, and he will begin his duties at the college on October 10, with a formal installation event to be scheduled.