Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516
The Rock Valley College Board of Trustees approved a new contract for President Dr. Doug Jensen at Tuesday night’s trustees meeting that extends his term as RVC’s president through June 30, 2022.
Since starting his tenure as RVC’s seventh president in October 2016, he has helped the college navigate challenging fiscal year budget planning due to the State of Illinois budget crisis and helped stabilize the college financially without reliance on state funding. Due to his leadership, the college has implemented crucial regional initiatives (Linking Talent with Opportunity, Pathways), and is researching and developing plans in partnership with the City of Rockford and Winnebago County to bring an Advanced Technology Center to Rockford.
Future goals Dr. Jensen has established in conjunction with the Board of Trustees include an emphasis on community involvement, strengthening the Running Start program, meeting HLC accreditation requirements, and continuing to maintain fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
“My wife Karen and I have enjoyed these last two years in Rockford and getting to meet many wonderful people at the college and in the community,” said Dr. Jensen. “We very much feel that Rockford is now our home. As the leader of this community’s college, I look forward to four more years of working hard to ensure that Rock Valley College continues to provide an opportunity for all citizens in our district.”
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our relationship with Dr. Jensen,” said Lynn Kearney, RVC Board of Trustees Chairperson. “In his first two years, Dr. Jensen has done a great job making connections and establishing relationships in the community with educational, business, and political leaders. We look forward to seeing the college continue to grow and thrive under his leadership.”
Dr. Jensen, himself a community college graduate, dedicated over 30 years of his life to working for community colleges in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Alabama prior to coming to RVC.