Bob Jensen

Dean, Fine Arts

Letter from the Dean

Retirement Speech

Bob Jensen began his service Dean of Fine Arts in January 2005. Prior to being dean and since 1980 Bob taught in the Theatre Arts Department, where he distinguished himself as an award-winning director, designer, and instructor who loves to teach. During those twenty five years in Theatre Arts he played a variety of roles as a set and lighting designer, technical director, playwright, director, managing director, and department chair. Bob also served as the director of the Fullerton College High School Theatre Festival, which is attended by roughly 2000 high school students annually, the Managing Director of the Playwrights Festival, a new play development program, and the Directors Festival, designed to showcase the directing talents of student, alumni, and local directors.

Bob has served as Dean of Fine Arts at Fullerton College since 2005. During his deanship the Art and Music Departments have grown to be the largest in enrollment among all community colleges in California, 12 new Career Technical Education certificates have been created, the transition from analogue to digital technology in Art, Music, and Theatre has been accomplished, and a new training program with Disneyland has been established. The Division stands poised on the threshold of the construction of a new performing arts complex at Fullerton College, a major project for which he has been lobbying. Bob has also served the campus through a series of committee assignments, produced college and Fine Arts promotional DVDs, and established iTunes University as a student generated content site at Fullerton College.

Bob is completing his five years of work on the Fullerton College Centennial, during which time he coordinated 35 events and over 30 projects. Key events included a major historical exhibition at the Fullerton Museum Center, 1913 Day, art and photography exhibitions, the centennial production of Ragtime, Veterans Week (GWOT installations and events), Homecoming including the Bill Chambers training room dedication, Fullerton Rotary Centennial Night, and the Hall of Fame Gala, when six members of Fullerton College’s illustrious history were inducted into our first Hall of Fame. Key projects include the an extensive video interview project, the Tell Us Your Story campaign, the Centennial website, the return of the English Department literary magazine, a card catalogue design competition, numerous art commissions including a watercolor series, a pen and ink series, an illustration series, five major murals, and two works of sculpture. In September 2015, a five-year fundraising effort will result in the installation and dedication of the Hal Sherbeck Sculpture, a project that included outreach to 650 football alumni.

To augment the Centennial budget Bob, working closely with his colleagues, helped raise over $300,000 from corporations and private donors, attempting to connect donors to specific programs at the college. Bob serves on the Board of the Fullerton College Foundation and is interested in helping with college and foundation fundraising in the future.

In the last five years, Bob and his wife Sandy have led three medical compassion teams to Vietnam and North Africa and has been actively engaged in local service days like Love Fullerton, Graceworks, and a construction project in Puerta de Trampa, Mexico. Since the fall of 1994, Bob has served as the finish line coordinator of the Sunny Hills Cross Country Invitational and announcer for the Freeway League Rack and Field championships.

He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia. He lives in Fullerton, and he and his wife Sandy have three children and two grandchildren.

Bob retires from Fullerton College on July 1, 2015 after 35 years of service at the college.

Awards and Honors:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Orange County Weekly;
  • Excellence in Theatre Education, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival;
  • Innovations in General Education: The Nautilus Project, National Council of Instructional Administrators;
  • Special Achievement: the Fullerton College Theatre Festival, awarded by the California Educational Theatre Association;
  • Staff of Distinction, Fullerton College (twice);
  • Top Orange County college production in 2000 (The Kentucky Cycle) OC Weekly;
  • Top OC production (twice)(Grapes of Wrath, Indians) LA Times ;
  • Regional nominee: top original play 2001 (Wallenberg) Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival;
  • Fullerton College Teacher of the Year Final Four Finalist 2010;
  • Fullerton College Administrator of the Year 2011;
  • James Young Fullerton Legends Award for contributions to the Arts in Fullerton 2011, first honoree.