From IWU Magazine, Winter 2015-16 edition
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.
• 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?
• How old were you?
• Favorite kind of music?
• Favorite sport to play?
• Best score?
• Hole in one?
• 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
• Where did you and Mrs. Jensen meet?
Volleyball class. Parks and rec class, in our late 20s.
If you hadn’t become an economist, what would you have done?
That’s a good question. Foreign service. Or appliance repair.
Our dog, Calvin, a “rescue” dog. He has a great deal of personality — maybe a little
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
• Favorite trip?
• A place you haven’t visited but want to?
• Favorite city?
• 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.