Inauguration of Eric R. Jensen
About Eric Jensen
Eric Jensen was named the 19th president of Illinois Wesleyan University on September
14, 2015. Prior to his selection, he served as provost and chief academic officer
of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota from 2012-2015.
In 1982, President Jensen began his academic career as a professor of economics and
public policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. From 2004
to 2012, he was director of the College’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy.
An active scholar and researcher, Professor Jensen has published numerous articles
on the economics of demographic change and has worked in a number of Asian countries
as a Senior Fellow for the Honolulu- based East-West Center and as a Council on Foreign
Relations International Affairs Fellow based in Washington, D.C. He has also been
a Visiting Scholar in Economics at the University of Indonesia and has worked on
World Bank and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects
in South and Southeast Asia. The Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation
and the Freeman Foundation have also supported his scholarly activity.
President Jensen earned both his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in economics from the
University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University