Jensen Farewell Reception Is Today

Posted: January 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Cynthia Jensen, chief budget officer for the Information Technology Unit, is leaving this month after 22 years with the university. She started working as a student wage employee while she earned her B.S. in Public Administration from George Mason, and has worked here since then. She says her colleagues joke that they’ve watched her grow up while she’s been at George Mason, as she’s held various positions, met her husband here, and had two children over the past 22 years.

Jensen’s first full-time job with the university was as business manager in the former University Computing and Information Systems, a department she never left during her tenure at George Mason. “I had numerous job titles, tasks, bosses, and changes of duties,” she says. “I’ve done procurement, and overseen installation of equipment and contractual negotiations. I’ve really enjoyed my ‘tour’. It’s going to be very difficult to leave the people here,” she says, “but I’ll come back and visit.”

Jensen says while she was “growing up” she had a ringside seat in watching the university grow as well. “I guess the highlight of working here was the continuously evolving changes. There was always some new challenge.” She says she never had a reason to go back to school since there were always opportunities for learning on the job and trying new ways of doing things.

Jensen’s last day is Jan. 24; a farewell reception in her honor is held today from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Mason Hall Atrium. For more information, contact Karen Maltman at x33404 or

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