Jensen joins UND Alumni Association and Foundation as Development Officer to work with UND Law
Nick Jensen has joined the University of North Dakota Alumni Association & Foundation as Development Officer. He will focus his efforts on fundraising for the UND School of Law.
“We are thrilled to bring Nick on board at the UND Alumni Association & Foundation,” said Chief Development Officer Dan Muus. “Nick has a strong background in fundraising and donor relations and will be an asset for our efforts moving forward.”
Jensen comes to UND from the Community Violence Intervention Center, a domestic violence center, in Grand Forks. At the Center, he was involved in a major capital project to build a new shelter and worked to create a major gift program. Jensen’s work experience also includes working in tourism and sales from New York to Los Angeles and London, UK before resettling in Grand Forks in 2011.
“UND has always been a special place for me. UND lends flavor and vibrancy to Grand Forks that gave me many opportunities growing up here, so I am honored to have this opportunity to help build this great University,” said Jensen.
Jensen’s love of UND started with many family connections to the school. His family moved to Grand Forks in 1993 when his dad became a professor in the Aerospace department. Jensen is a Grand Forks Red River High School graduate and received his bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree at UND with an expected graduation date of spring 2017.
“We are excited to have Nick join us in continuing to build on the successful fund raising efforts to benefit the School of Law,” said Dean Kathryn Rand. “Nick understands the importance of private support for our students and faculty in sustaining a high quality law school for North Dakota. He also is eager to learn about the legal profession, and I think our alumni and friends will enjoy meeting and working with him.”
While not a lawyer, Jensen saw the opportunity to work with the Law School is an exciting challenge. “From immigrating to and from the United Kingdom, seeing the International Court in Arusha, Tanzania, to seeing the legal community band together to protect at-risk mothers and children at CVIC, I have seen and felt the huge impact a lawyer can make in someone’s life,” said Jensen. “I am focusing on working with our alumni to help migrate the cost of school for those coming into the profession. UND Law, as the training ground for our future bench and bar, will carry on that tradition of excellence.”
Jensen’s connection with the law school also extends to his wife, who starts her law school path this fall as a member of the Class of 2019.