Len Jessup, who has been selected as Claremont Graduate University’s 12th president, is an educator and administrator known as a consensus builder, with a deep interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.
He was most recently president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He previously served as the dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, and as vice president of university development and president of the Washington State University Foundation.
Jessup is a professor and scholar of management information systems. His many publications include co-authoring the third edition of Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World and “On the Future of the MIS Discipline: MIS as a Critical Strategic Driver,” published in the journal Database. In addition to his academic achievements, he has received numerous awards, including the 2018 CEO Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII.
The first in his family to graduate from college, Jessup was born and raised in Northern California. He holds a doctorate in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a minor in Management Information Systems. He also holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Studies, both from California State University, Chico.
Joining him in Claremont is his partner, Kristi Staab, a speaker, author, executive coach, and trainer in leadership development and cultural transformation.
“I’ve enjoyed many opportunities in my career, both as a professor and administrator, and I am honored and excited to join the CGU community. I am looking forward to working closely with everyone at CGU to move this excellent university to the next level in every way.”