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When Dr. Kerry Romesburg visited the campus of Jacksonville University on a sunny spring day in May 2004, he not only liked what he saw, he knew he wanted to lead the institution into the future and become part of the Jacksonville community. He believed he had found a perfect fit. JU's Board of Trustees was equally impressed with Romesburg and his leadership abilities, and unanimously selected him as the new president, beginning July 2004.
Romesburg, honored and excited about leading the University, is attracted to the challenges presented by a private, independent institution. With a track record for positive change and a strong financial background, Romesburg is focusing on strategies for increasing enrollment and fundraising efforts.
Romesburg earned a record of strong leadership during his decades of experience in public education. During his tenure as president of Nevada State College from 2002-2004, NSC achieved accreditation and increased its enrollment from 166 students to nearly 800.
From 1988 to 2002, Romesburg served as the president of Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. During his 14-year presidency, the college changed its mission from a two-year community college to a four-year state college, with enrollment growing from 6,000 students to nearly 25,000 and increasing the college's endowment from $280,000 to more than $41 million. Romesburg oversaw the successful conversion including construction of over one million square feet of new buildings, a new branch campus and a technology-assistance distance delivery system.
Romesburg served as executive director of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education from 1975 to 1988, coordinating a board that handled budgeting, academic program approval, financial aid programs and state-level licensing of higher education institutions. JU's new president also has a wealth of experience in higher education with the Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State University.
Romesburg earned his doctorate in higher education administration in 1972; his master's degree in mathematics education in 1968; and his bachelor's degree in mathematics education - all from Arizona State.
President Romesburg and his wife Judy, a former high school English teacher, have two grown sons, both educators themselves. The Romesburgs enjoy golf, hiking and backpacking and have begun learning all the best trails in Northeast Florida.