Len Jessup

Len Jessup

Of Counsel


Claremont, California


California State University, Chico, B.A., M.B.A.
University of Arizona, Tucson, Ph.D.

Len is a visionary leader in higher education, known as a consensus builder with a deep interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Len is the President at Claremont Graduate University, a member of the prestigious Claremont colleges in southern California. At CGU Len has put into place a significant transformation of the advancement function, leading to a doubling and then tripling of fundraising in his first and second year there. He has also led significant, record-breaking enrollment growth at CGU. Prior to joining CGU, he was president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), launching a medical school, helping to secure the deal for Allegiant Stadium and the partnership with the Oakland Raiders to use it jointly with the NFL team, and helping the university to break several fundraising records.

Len previously served at his alma mater as the dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, and prior to that as vice president of university development and president of the Washington State University Foundation, as well as serving as dean of the business college at WSU.

Len is a professor and scholar of management information systems, innovation and entrepreneurship. His many publications include co-authoring the third edition of Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World, as well as “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, Len 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.