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Weathering the COVID-19 Economic Superstorm
The pandemic and recession are forcing institutions to rethink current budgeting practices moving forward. With recent state funding cuts and the future restoration of state education appropriations and tuition revenue in decline, how are institutions responding and what are they doing to be more strategic during these times?

• Doug Jensen, President, Bismarck State College
• Marc Johnson, Past President, University of Nevada, Reno
• Michelle Rizk, Vice President of University Relations, University of Alaska System

Dec 4, 2020 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Doug Jensen
President @Bismarck State College
Doug Jensen became president of Bismarck State College on July 1, 2020. Previously, he served as president at Rock Valley Community College in Illinois and before that as the president of the Alabama Technology Network in the Alabama Community College System. He has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and is a proud community college graduate, earning an A.S. degree from Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA, his M.S. and B.S. from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and his Ed.D. from Edgewood College in Madison, WI.
Marc Johnson
Past President @University of Nevada, Reno
Marc Johnson’s tenure as president of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) was marked by record student enrollment and academic achievement, advancement of the University’s research and innovation agenda and a deep commitment to partnering with the state of Nevada to drive business, industry and economic diversification. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Emporia State University in Kansas, which named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 1994. His advanced degrees include a master of technology in international development from North Carolina State University, a master of economics from Michigan State University and a doctorate of agricultural economics from Michigan State. Johnson joined the UNR in June 2008 as executive vice president and provost. Johnson just recently stepped down as University of Nevada, Reno president in October 2020 and will join the faculty in the College of Business in Fall 2020.
Michelle Rizk
Vice President of University Relations @University of Alaska System
Michelle Rizk has served as the vice president of university relations at the University of Alaska (UA) since 2015. Rizk’s strategic approach to decision-making has led to significant progress in UA’s efforts to rectify its federal land grant deficit. Additionally, working in partnership with the UA Foundation, she has successfully enhanced the university’s philanthropic giving; and, she has worked to establish the university’s proactive advocacy efforts across all three universities and community campuses. During her 22-year career at UA, Rizk has gained a deep knowledge of every key university area including finance, information technology, and human resources. She earned her undergraduate degree in international business and Spanish and master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.