Henry Ford College president retiring next year

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Stanley E. Jensen, president of Henry Ford College since 2013, will retire at the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year, officials announced Tuesday.

“I make this announcement under the best possible set of circumstances and with satisfaction knowing that we – as a team – have accomplished a great deal to date,” Jensen said in a statement. “My intention is that we will accomplish much more – together – over the next 14 months.”

Jensen, who made the announcement during a board of trustees meeting this week, will end his tenure June 30, 2018.

While at the helm of Henry Ford College, officials say Jensen steered the college out of a $16 million budget deficit, achieved passage of a millage and refocused the college’s efforts on initiatives aimed at improving student success.

Also under Jensen’s leadership, Henry Ford College offered its first bachelor’s degree program, in culinary arts, with more four-year programs on the horizon, in addition to associate degree and certification programs.

The change prompted the college to change its name from Henry Ford Community College in 2014 to Henry Ford College. The school serves 21,000 students annually.

“The HFC Board of Trustees is saddened to learn of the upcoming retirement of Dr. Jensen,” said board president Mariam Bazzi. “When he first came to (HFC), the college was going through a particularly difficult period. His leadership, steadfastness and skills have led the college to financial stability.

“His vision and drive to innovate has led the college to adapt to the changing needs of our students so that we can best serve them and the surrounding community. ... As Dr. Jensen commonly says, ‘There are great things ahead for the college’ and that is, in part, because of his service. ”