Trustees buyout ex-president Doug Jensen’s contract with $51K payout

ROCKFORD — Rock Valley College Interim President Beth Young will earn a 25% pay raise while serving in the interim job until a new college president is selected this fall.

Young has led the college since former president Doug Jensen resigned April 28. Trustees approved terms of Young's appointment and Jensen's separation last week, and the college made those terms public on Tuesday.

Jensen, who was named president of Rock Valley College in September 2016, will be paid $51,329, an amount equal to his salary and the value of his car allowance and other benefits through June 30.

Jensen will become president of Bismarck State College in North Dakota on July 1.

Young has served as Rock Valley's chief operating officer since December 2019, and before that had been the college's chief financial officer since 2016. Before arriving at RVC, Young was the dean of business affairs at Kishwaukee College.

Young began her career as a math teacher at Burbank High School in Burbank, California, and later taught math for two years at Sycamore High School in Sycamore. She graduated with a mathematics degree from Indiana University. Young will continue to serve as COO and interim president until a new president is hired.

"Her experience with [Illinois Community College Board] policies and her knowledge of the college’s finances will be invaluable in helping the college navigate the current COVID-19 crisis as we search for a new president," RVC Board Chairman Patrick Murphy said Tuesday in a news release.

Trustees have discussed a search timeline that would have a new leader installed in September. Rock Valley will advertise the president's job by Friday. Applicants will be screened in early June, followed by an initial round of candidate interviews.

Semifinalist interviews are to begin July 10 and finalists will visit the campus and participate in public forums the week of July 24. A job offer will be extended to the chosen candidate by July 31. The new president will begin work on Sept. 8.

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