Posted on: Oct 29, 2015 1:00:00 AM
In: Cuyamaca, Grossmont, District
Contact: Della Elliott (619) 644-7690 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s newly appointed associate vice chancellor of business services may spend his days scrutinizing budget minutiae, but Doug Jenson finds satisfaction in taking the broader view of helping to mold students’ futures.
“I have always loved that the end goal is to help a student transition to a better life as they progress through the journey of identifying and completing their education goals,” Jenson said. “What I like most about working for this district is my role in assisting the colleges as they help students reach their graduation milestones and watch as the doors of opportunity open even wider for them.”
Jenson was hired in January as an interim administrator for the East County college district, and his permanent appointment to the position was approved by the Governing Board at this month’s meeting.
Among other duties, Jenson is charged with overseeing the district’s budgeting, coordinating audits and playing a key role in the integration of a new human resources, payroll and financial system for the district.
A business college alum who went on to earn a bachelor’s and an MBA, Jenson has worked in higher education for the past decade. He served as the chief financial officer for United States University in Chula Vista for over two years starting in September 2012, and before that, as vice president of accounting/treasurer for Eagle Gate and Provo colleges in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 2005-2012.
Prior to his employment in higher education, Jenson worked as a controller for a succession of private businesses in the Ogden and Salt Lake City regions of Utah. With a lifelong fondness for working with numbers, he got his start in the financial field working for certified public accountant firms handling audits of school districts, nonprofits, municipalities and various private-sector companies.
Chancellor Cindy L. Miles said the district budget is in capable hands with Jenson holding the financial reins.
“Doug came aboard and was immediately assigned to getting this year’s budget ready for Governing Board review,” Miles said. “He very adeptly took over the complex task of putting together the district’s largest budget ever.”
Jenson said he is grateful his hiring as the district’s new budget guru came at a time of economic recovery, having heard horror stories of the district’s five-year stretch of state funding cuts during the recession that totaled in excess of $16 million and forced the district to slash more than 1,600 classes. In contrast, the $244 million budget approved by trustees in September was fortified with additional state funding that translated into hiring more faculty, adding more classes, and providing more support for students on their path to graduation.
Still, Jenson understands well the year-to-year fluctuations in state funding and is cautious in assessing what lies ahead.
“The budget picture for the current year is bright, but we need to continue to discuss, prepare and plan for possible future recessions and difficult times,” he said.
Jenson started his college education at a two-year school similar to a community college, and relates to the challenges that Grossmont and Cuyamaca students face as they navigate their educational paths. The Ogden native received an associate degree in accounting in 1989 from LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. From there, he transferred to Weber State University, a public university in Ogden, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1993. Just a week after getting his bachelor’s, he married his wife of now 22 years. The self-described sports enthusiast met her while playing in a co-ed softball league in Ogden.
He received his masters of business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2008 and now resides with his family in Rancho Bernardo. The couple has a daughter, 19, and three boys, ages 10, 12 and 13.
On any given weekend, Jenson can be found on a community soccer field, playing a pickup game with friends and family, or attending his sons’ soccer and basketball games.
“Moving to Southern California was a decision that was not taken lightly as we had lived in Utah our entire lives, but it provided an opportunity for our family to live in a different part of the country,” Jenson said. “And you can’t beat living just a few minutes from the beach.”
For more information about Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu
Doug Jenson, GCCCD Associate Vice Chancellor, Business Services