Colorado Mountain College picks new president |

Colorado Mountain College picks new president

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Dr. Stanley Jensen has been chosen as Colorado Mountain College’s next president.

“I’m hopeful the entire college community will be as excited with our choice as the board of trustees was today,” said Doris Dewton, president of the regional community college’s board of trustees. “We think he will be a visionary for the college and will help us get to the next level.”

Dewton said it was his experience and knowledge of community college issues that makes him an ideal candidate to lead the college, which has a campus in Edwards.

“(Jensen) is somewhat of a nontraditional candidate, but he’s not totally nontraditional,” Dewton said. “He has an excellent background in community college issues, he’s got an extensive and current knowledge of community colleges, their issues, and the best way to resolve them.”

Dewton noted the selection process was extensive and included all stakeholders and a screening committee, which comprised two trustees, two campus deans and eight representatives from faculty, administration, the student body and the community.

Jensen is the previous president of Leadership Enterprises Inc., a company that provides training in leadership development, team building and strategic planning for businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations.

Board members narrowed the field of five down to two in mid-January, between Jensen and Dr. Joe Forrester, who currently is president of the Community College of Beaver County in Monaca, Pa. Forrester worked for Colorado Mountain College from 1989-99 as Timberline Campus dean in Leadville.

Dewton said the college currently in contract negotiations and is hopeful to have a response from Jensen very soon; however, the date of hire is set for July 1.

The search process began last summer when college President Dr. Bob Spuhler announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2008. Eleven candidates from 48 applicants interviewed and were narrowed down to five finalists. The college held an open house event for the community to meet the candidates in January and also took input via an online survey.

For more background on Dr. Jensen and the selection process, go to On this site are biographies and photos of the five finalists, as well as a timeline and full explanation of the selection process.

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