Jensen named Grand Island Campus and Outreach Director
Growing up in Minden, Audrey Jensen has always had a special affection for Central Nebraska.
Jensen was a standout volleyball player in high school at Minden, opening up a number of scholarship offers from Division I and Division II schools. She elected to play at the University of Montana, where she was a 4-time Big Sky Conference Academic All Conference selection member from ’02-’05.
Jensen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from The University of Montana in May 2007 and stayed two more years to complete a Master of Fine Arts in Integrative Arts for the Humanities.
After graduation, Jensen ventured back to her roots in Central Nebraska, where she has been an elementary school teacher in Cairo and Grand Island, an adjunct instructor at Doane, and a full-time faculty member at Hastings College.
In August, Jensen started her newest venture in education, as she became the Grand Island Campus and Outreach Director at Doane University.
“When you look at Grand Island and the potential for growth, it’s exponential,” Jensen said. “We are the only four-year institution on site in the city. It’s very exciting to be able to grow the relationships I already have in Grand Island and to further develop avenues for their employees to be a part of Doane and grow Doane. There are big movements that are going to be happening over the next few years.”
Jensen will be responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of Doane’s College of Professional Studies Grand Island campus, which offers courses in eight undergraduate programs and two graduate programs (Master of Arts in Management and Master of Business Administration). Two programs -- agribusiness and business -- are available entirely online.
“We have a very strong business program at Doane,” Jensen said. “What Doane does well is we are really good at student-centered education because our nontraditional student needs are very different than our traditional student needs. We do a great job of finding out what their needs are and figuring out a way for them to be met.”
Doane has recently signed articulation agreements with Central Community College in Grand Island that gives CCC students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree at Doane in two different programs -- agribusiness and RN to BSN. The partnership with CCC is something Jensen would like to further develop, she said.
Jensen is very active in the Grand Island community but might be most well-known for her success in triathlon competitions. She was an Ironman Triathlon finisher in 2016 and 2017 and won a national championship in the 70.3 Athena Triathlon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jensen won the national championship of her age group (female 39 and under). Her finishing time was 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 14 seconds. A 70.3 mile triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run. She says she looks forward to being able to compete in triathlons while also working in a community she calls home.
“When you’re invested in your community, you have a different type of energy toward the goals you’ve set for the institution you work for. That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited for the next steps here.”