From IWU Magazine, Winter 2015-16 edition

Lightning Round

Illinois Wesleyan’s 19th president reveals his favorite city, his best golf score, how he and his wife met and much more.

• Favorite movie? The Big Lebowski.

Book Cover
The last book Eric Jensen read for pleasure.

• Last book you read for pleasure? How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson.

• Last book you read for work?
You’re in Charge — Now What? by Thomas J. Neff and James M. Citrin. 

• First instrument you played? Piano.  

• How old were you? Seven.

• Favorite kind of music? Acoustic.

• Favorite sport to play? Golf.  

• Best score? 82.

• Hole in one? Yes, two.

• How tall are you? Six feet, seven inches.

• Did you play basketball? Yes, I used to play lots of pickup games. I can’t play anymore, but there’s nothing like it.

• Where did you and Mrs. Jensen meet?
Volleyball class. Parks and rec class, in our late 20s. 

Golf ball
Jensen's best golf score.

If you hadn’t become an economist, what would you have done?
That’s a good question. Foreign service. Or appliance repair.

• Pets? Our dog, Calvin, a “rescue” dog. He has a great deal of personality — maybe a little too much! 

One thing that each of your children taught you?
My daughter showed me how to curl. My son taught me a Bob Dylan song, “Tangled Up in Blue.”

• Favorite trip? Romania.

• A place you haven’t visited but want to? Ireland.  

• Favorite city? Chicago.  

• What’s impressed you most about this area?
The people are just outstandingly friendly. They are the Midwesterners I remember.

• What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself?
Team-oriented, easy-going and driven.