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KEVIN JENSEN has been named executive director of financial aid at Cornell University. He has 20 years of higher-education experience including 15 years directing financial aid and scholarship units. Jensen will help lead during a period of intentional expanding enrollment with a specific emphasis on increasing the Cornell student body’s socioeconomic diversity. He will work closely with admissions and student services, as well as university leadership, to align with large-scale affordability commitments across Cornell. After starting his career in 2001 as a financial-aid adviser and then director at Treasure Valley Community College, Jensen became a founding director at the College of Western Idaho and served in that role for six years, eventually becoming the dean of enrollment and student services. From 2016-2019, Jensen served as associate VP and chief enrollment management officer at SUNY Oneonta. His most recent experience has included serving as the assistant vice chancellor for student success in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and as an independent consultant during COVID-19 disruptions, which have had a wide impact in the financial-aid industry. Jensen earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwest Nazarene University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

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