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CSJ names new president

Portrait of Dr. Jennifer L. Scott in front of a grey background
Dr. Jennifer L. Scott

RUTLAND—The College of St. Joseph board of trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer L. Scott as the seventh president of CSJ.

Scott currently serves as senior director of assessment and program accreditation for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she serves on the faculty of the graduate college.  Dr. Scott is also a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist in that community, where she has maintained a private clinical psychology practice since 2005.

She’ll replace Lawrence Jensen, who served as interim president for one year before becoming president in 2017. Jensen announced in February his plans to retire at the end of 2017.

Scott also comes on board at a time of turmoil at the college. The trustees recently voted to keep the college open after threatening to close it for financial reasons.

 “I am confident that this special community of learners, teachers, leaders, mentors, coaches, helpers, and supporters will together find solutions to our current challenges and bear witness to the transformative power of people united by love of neighbor, mutual respect, engaged difference, and a shared purpose,” said Scott. “ A new day is dawning and I am proud to be a part of the next great chapter of this great institution.”

Scott holds a doctorate and a masters degree from Xavier University, and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana.  With a career in higher education spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Scott has held faculty and administrative positions at Xavier University; Chatfield College in St. Martin, Ohio; and Brown Macke College in Ft. Mitchell, Ky.

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