ROCKFORD — Rock Valley College will pay former president Doug Jensen through June 30, according to employment separation terms unanimously approved by trustees on Tuesday.
The college's chief operating officer, Beth Young, has effectively served as interim president since Jensen accepted an offer March 26 to become president of Bismarck State College in North Dakota.
Trustees approved an agreement with Young on Tuesday to reflect her interim leadership role and discussed a search timeline that would have Rock Valley's next president installed in September.
The college won't divulge the board-approved agreements with Jensen and Young until perhaps Thursday, said Matthew Gardner, a staff attorney with the Chicago-based law firm of Robbins Schwartz, which provides legal counsel to the RVC board.
Rock Valley trustees discussed terms of both agreements during a closed session portion of the Tuesday board meeting. Then, after reconvening in open session, trustees unanimously approved a motion instructing Robbins Schwartz to finalize the documents. Once the documents are final, they can be made public via a Freedom of Information Act request, Gardner said.
"A final attorney review of significant contracts is a fairly standard practice for contracts that were finalized too close to a board meeting or otherwise were unable to have the final legal review prior to presenting to the board," Gardner said.
Rock Valley plans to advertise the college president job position by May 8. Applicants would be screened in early June, followed by an initial round of candidate interviews.
Semifinalist interviews would begin July 10 and finalists who are selected would visit the campus and participate in public forums the week of July 24. A candidate would be selected, and a job offer extended to him or her, by July 31. The new president would begin work on Sept. 8.
Jensen was named president of Rock Valley College in September 2016. Trustees gave him a four-year contract extension last July. He earned $187,200 during the 2018-2019 academic year. He was to receive a pay raise between 3% and 5% this academic year.
On Tuesday, Rock Valley board members said little about the terms of Jensen's employment separation, aside from Trustee John Nelson's admission that Jensen would be paid through June 30.
"We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors," Nelson said. "The terms of the agreement are presumably available through FOIA."
The Register Star will report the terms of the agreements with Jensen and Young when the college finalizes the documents.
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