IWU president announces retirement and resignation

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) — Illinois Wesleyan University President Eric Jensen tendered his resignation, effective today.

“We understand and respect Eric’s decision about his future, and wish him, his wife, Elizabeth, and First Dog Calvin all the best in the coming years,” said Timothy Szerlong, chairman of the university’s board of trustees. “As President, Eric valued the importance of the University investing in itself for a healthy future in a challenging higher education landscape. His achievements are significant, including a personal commitment to diversity which has inspired all of us.”

IWU’s 2018-19 class was the most diverse incoming class in the university’s history. IWU also started the McLean County Scholarship Program, which guarantees county residents a total scholarship package of at least $27,000 a year.

Jensen has served as president of IWU since 2015. The university will conduct a national search to find its next president. Former IWU president Richard Wilson will serve as acting president in the interim.

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