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10 Questions with Len Jessup (Part II)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015  

We are very pleased to present the second of the two-part series, 10 Questions with Len Jessup. Len, who was asked to participate in this series by Joe Valacich, is currently the president of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. You can find more about Len here: 


Q: What's one habit that makes you more productive at work?

A: This is probably more a philosophy than a habit, but it definitely drives me. My goal is that when I get to the end of my path I want to be able to look back and know that I did everything I possibly could to have as much positive impact on as many people as was possible, and that I never shied away from an opportunity to do so. It's all about positive impact for me and nothing else, and that is what drives me each and every day.

Q: If you were to do it all over again, what would you have done differently?

A: There have been plenty of hard lessons learned along the way that have shaped me for the better, and so if I were to go back now with full knowledge, there are a few things I would have done slightly differently in order to avoid some of those mistakes. But in general I wouldn't have changed anything. Rewarding experiences, wonderful relationships, and great memories...all of it.

Q: Who has influenced your career?

A: Wow, again there are too many to mention them all, but the list would include (not including family): Bernie Hinton, Terry Connolly, Jay Nunamaker, Joe Valacich, Mark Fuller, George Diehr, Brad Wheeler, Anne Massey, Bob Lusch, Stephen Gilliland, Jeff Schatzberg, Eric Spangenberg, Richard Reed, Lane Rawlins, Scott Carson, Mikal Thomsen, Robert Shelton, Rick Myers, Michael Crow, Bill Bowen, Norm McClelland, Jon Underwood, Karl and Stevie Eller...just to name a few.

Q: What is your favorite memory at an AIS event (ICIS/AMCIS) or affiliated conference (ECIS/PACIS/etc.)?

A: I had a blast co-chairing ICIS and AMCIS with Joe in Seattle. My favorite memories were the events at the Boeing Museum of Flight and at Paul Allen's Experience Music Project. I really loved having fun with friends throughout the discipline.

Q: What is something very few people know about you?

A: A few close friends know that back in high school I had a white Toyota Corolla that I paid for myself and was quite proud of. I saved money and bought mag wheels, high performance tires, and a nice stereo for it.  Rocky, with Sylvester Stallone, had just come out, and so on the back bumper of my Corolla, I had a bumper sticker that read, "The Italian Stallion." What is even more pathetic about that bumper sticker itself is the fact that at that point in time I actually thought that was cool. I think about that now and I shake my head and laugh - what was I thinking?

Q: Who would you like to see answer these questions next? And what would you like to see her/his thoughts on?  

I would like to see Brad Wheeler (Vice President for IT and CIO at the Indiana University) answer the same question Joe sent to me: what are the greatest challenges facing higher education over the next decade?

Prepared by the AIS Membership Subcommittee on Doctoral Studies

Ryan Wright, University of Massachusetts
Geoffrey Dick, Georgia Southern University
Arturo Castellanos, Florida International University

For questions about this series or suggestions of who you would like to see interviewed, please contact Ryan Wright (

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