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Stan Jensen to be new CMC president

John Colson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Dr. Stan Jensen of Iowa, most recently the founding executive for a leadership training firm, will take over July 1 as president of Colorado Mountain College. (Contributed photo)
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Colorado Mountain College, which operates campuses and centers around the Western Slope, has a new president following a search process that began last summer and attracted a field of 48 applicants.

The school’s Board of Trustees announced Monday that Dr. Stan Jensen of Iowa, most recently the founding executive for a leadership training firm, will take over July 1, immediately following President Dr. Bob Spuhler’s retirement.

Spuhler has worked for the CMC district for 20 years, or roughly half the time the college has existed.



Jensen, according to a statement from the school, will be based in the district’s Glenwood Springs office, at a salary of $185,000. The outgoing president had been earning just over $179,900.

“I am very excited to be coming to Colorado Mountain College,” said Jensen in a prepared statement. “I think the best days for Colorado Mountain College are ahead of us. I look forward to serving and leading the college toward a galvanizing kind of future.”




He also cited his background in leadership training within colleges and said in his new position he’ll continue to focus on building teams and see that leadership development takes place within the seven-campus comprehensive community college.

For 19 years Jensen has been president of a company that provides training in leadership development, team building, process improvement training and strategic planning to businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations. He led a strategic planning retreat for CMC two years ago, the college reported.

Jensen holds a doctoral degree in education, a master of divinity degree in education and pastoral studies and a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications, according to the college.

Among Jensen’s previous jobs were stints as executive director of Rural Schools of Iowa, dean of the Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa, and pastor of the Monticello Baptist Church in Monticello, Iowa. He also was resident director for Cornerstone University, which is described as “an inter-denominational, Christ-centered university located in Grand Rapids, Michigan” on the college’s website. Jensen graduated from Cornerstone in 1975.

Doris Dewton, president of CMC’s board of directors, said despite Jensen’s lack of recent credentials as a college administrator, she and the rest of the board feel he will serve the college well.

“He is very skilled at having groups make decisions based on quality information … making solid decisions in a timely fashion,” she said, adding that Jensen also is “current” in terms of issues facing community colleges, including the need to achieve “continuous quality improvement” in course offerings and other matters.

“I think he’ll be a terrific leader,” she concluded.

When asked about the preponderance of religiously-oriented qualifications held by Jensen, she responded, “It isn’t clear to me that all they teach in religious educational institutions is … religion. He fully understands that we are a secular institution and a public institution.”

In addition to his salary, Jensen, who is married with grown children, will receive a housing allowance of $1,800 a month and a car to be used primarily for college business, among other benefits included in his compensation package.

The Colorado Mountain College district is divided into seven campuses, with a total of 11 different sites, encompassing 12,000 square miles in seven counties. The network includes the Spring Valley Campus in Glenwood Springs, the Lappala Center in Carbondale and the Aspen center at the Aspen Business Center.

More information about Jensen and the presidential selection process can be found at http://www.coloradomtn.edu/presidentialsearch.

jcolson@aspentimes.com

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