CGU President Len Jessup to retire

Claremont Graduate University president Len Jessup, pictured at the school’s Yuhaaviatam Center for Health Studies in May 2023, announced this week that he will retire on or about June 30. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

Claremont Graduate University president Len Jessup announced this week that he will retire on or about June 30.

In an email to the Claremont Graduate University community, Jessup sung the praises of current and past students, faculty, staff, trustees, donors, and partners. He also thanked his wife, Kristi, his children, Jamie and David, and other family members and close friends.

“We’ve accomplished so much together during my nearly six years here, highlighted by our relentless focus on student success,” Jessup wrote. “I never took a sabbatical or much vacation over the decades. That’s certainly not a complaint or regret. It’s quite the opposite: I was having fun and getting things done! But now, as I near my 63rd birthday, it’s time to catch my breath, reflect on my good fortune, and figure out the next chapter.

“I’m not exactly sure what I will do next, but it will most likely be a combination of board roles, advising, coaching, and consulting,” he added. “I’m sure that I’m not finished working toward my life’s purpose — and I’m sure that in one way or another, I will continue to help carry the flame forward.”

Jessup took over as CGU’s 12th president in summer 2018.

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The Courier will follow up on Jessup’s retirement, and CGU’s plans for his replacement, in a future edition.


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