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Claremont Graduate University has a new president, and comes from UNLV – Daily Bulletin

The president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will assume the position of president of Claremont Graduate University, from 1 July, was announced on Tuesday.

In a message to the CGU community, President of the Presidential Search Committee, Donald Baker, and the chairman of the Board of Directors, Tim Kirley, said that the trustees voted unanimously in favor of Len Jessup, praising him as a "talented administrator" and "school practitioner."

He cited "the combination of Len's remarkable record of achievements with a warm and intellectually open nature that will reinforce the character and traditions that CGU has fostered since its founding in 1925."

At UNLV, Jessup has led a 10-year strategic plan to reinvent the university, increase fundraising, launch new programs and centers and forge key partnerships with key players in the Las Vegas community, according to CGU.

Previously, as dean of Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, Jessup oversaw the university's rise in undergraduate and graduate rankings and led the drive for more partnerships, online opportunities and new programming, according to the search committee. the CGU.

"I have enjoyed many opportunities in my career, as a teacher and administrator, and I am honored and excited to join the CGU community," Jessup said in a statement. "I am looking forward to working closely with everyone at CGU to take this excellent university to the next level in every way."

Born and raised in Northern California, Jessup is the first in his family to graduate from college. He credits the sacrifices of his Italian immigrant grandparents for inspiring him to choose a career in higher education.

"I have always been driven by the desire to give something back," he said, "to give back to my ancestors who, upon immigrating to the United States, made great sacrifices for future generations of grandchildren who did not yet have."

] Jessup holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Behavior from the University of Arizona, as well as an MBA and a Bachelor's Degree in Information and Communication Studies, both from California State University in Chico.

Founded in 1925, CGU is a founding member of The Claremont Colleges, which includes Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Keck Graduate Institute.

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