President Jensen Announces Retirement and Resignation
May 31, 2019
To the Illinois Wesleyan Community:
Elizabeth and I came to Bloomington as agents of change, and over the past four years,
we’ve seen purposeful advances in Illinois Wesleyan’s curricular innovation and inclusive
excellence. We’ve seen new emphasis on focusing the attention of potential students
on this great institution, and on concentrating our resources on the student experience.
Now the process of revising the University’s strategic plan is beginning. This will
be an exciting opportunity to sharpen the institution’s focus and strengthen Illinois
Wesleyan’s academic profile by defining exceptional educational experiences, and in
so doing ensure its fiscal future. When the plan is finalized, there will be significant
work to begin implementation of major initiatives.
As the public face of this effort, the demands on the President to see it through
from start to finish are substantial. As I have considered the implications of this,
it is with great difficulty that I have come to the conclusion that the needed commitment
is one that I cannot make. Therefore, I am announcing my retirement and subsequent
resignation as President of Illinois Wesleyan University, effective May 31, 2019.
Elizabeth and I treasure our time at this wonderful university and the friendships
that we have made in the Illinois Wesleyan and Bloomington-Normal communities. The
future of Illinois Wesleyan is bright, and we have been honored to be a part of its
enduring legacy. Thank you for your dedication to Illinois Wesleyan, your support
of the work that we’ve done together these last several years, and the contributions
that each of you make every day to this special place. We will be following your progress
Until our paths cross again, Go Titans!