The College of St. Joseph Board of Trustees has voted to retain Lawrence Jensen as the sixth President of College of St. Joseph.
“After a thoughtful and thorough review of all options and information presented by the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees found that retaining Larry and removing his interim title is best for the immediate needs of CSJ,” said Jim Reddy, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Jensen has served as interim president of the College for nearly a year, following the departure of President Richard Lloyd, who left CSJ in 2016 to become president of Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, NE. Jensen was previously the Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.
“It has been both a privilege and pleasure to serve as the interim president of College of St. Joseph, and I am further honored by the Board’s decision.” Jensen said. “We will continue to make College of St. Joseph a place where learning is revered, where students are joyfully pursuing the preparation for their future, and where the faculty and staff are engaged in the growth and strength of the institution.”
Under the past year of Jensen’s leadership, the College has made substantial progress toward its long-term goals, including the implementation of a new strategic plan, an exceptional recruitment cycle, and notable fund-raising, including the largest private foundation donation in the College’s history, as well as the development of several new athletic programs and joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
“Larry is the right choice to guide us through our immediate initiatives. His extensive business experience and steady hand will provide valuable continuity and stability as we continue in this era of enrollment growth and expansion,” Reddy said.
Jensen recently received the Pour Le Merite Award at the College’s Founder’s Day. The award, one of the College’s highest honors, recognizes individuals who exhibit substantial engagement in volunteer activities that have contributed to the betterment of the community.
Jensen has chaired and served on many boards in the area. He is currently chairman of the James Bowse Health Trust and sits on the board for Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC). He has previously served as Chairman of the Rutland City Police Commission as well as on boards for Vermont Public Radio, Killington Music Festival, and Rutland Mental Health.
During his career, Jensen served at RRMC as Vice President for Corporate Development from 1998 to 2008 and Rutland Health Foundation Major Gifts Officer from 2008 to 2010. He was also Vice President and Controller for Killington Ski Area.
Jensen graduated from The State University of New York at Geneseo with a BA in English in 1966 and completed his MBA in 1989 at the University of Vermont.