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Interim president arrives

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Outgoing Bakersfield College President Greg Chamberlain, right, jokingly hands new, interim President Robert D. Jensen a set of keys, during a meet and greet on Feb. 27 in the Fireside Room. (Gregory D. Cook / Renegade Rip)

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On the heels of Greg Chamberlain’s surprise resignation as president of Bakersfield College comes the news that an interim president has been found to take his place.

As of Feb. 27, Robert Jensen has taken over duties as president until a permanent replacement can be found.

“People have been very warm, very hospitable,” said Dr. Jensen as he shook hands with students and staff in the Fireside Room.

Jensen is excited about coming to Bakersfield and says that students can expect a “great advocate and an ‘open door’ policy” as well as his participation in the arts and athletics.

“Dr. Jensen has come highly recommended, and he has an excellent breadth of experience and an exceptional reputation,” said Kern Community College District chancellor Sandra Serrano in an email to BC staff.

Dr. Jensen is no stranger to leadership at the community college level. He has held positions as both president and chancellor of several community colleges totaling 19 years of service.

“I enjoy being in the college environment and seeing students pursue their goals and aspirations,” said Dr. Jensen

Jensen has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in English literature.

He began his teaching career in 1962 and taught many subjects, including journalism. He then attended Washington State University for his doctorate in community college administration.

Jensen looks forward to working at BC and “assisting a college with a long history of excellence in serving its students and community with an outstanding faculty, staff and leadership team.”

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