Jerry Jensen, who is currently in his seventh year as the president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn., will begin his new post in Independence sometime late this fall or early winter.

Community Services League has named the appointment of its new president and CEO.


Jerry Jensen, who is currently in his seventh year as the president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn., will begin his new post in Independence sometime late this fall or early winter. Doug Cowan will remain as the acting CEO until then and will resume as the chief development officer upon Jensen’s arrival.


Jensen and his wife, Patty, a former educator from the Lee’s Summit School District, are returning to the Kansas City area from Tennessee after living in this area for more than 30 years, when Jensen served the University of Missouri-Kansas City in various administrative roles.


Jensen’s appointment came after a nationwide search.


“We are thrilled to have a professional like Jerry join our CSL team,” said Cliff Jones, vice president of the CSL board of directors, in a news release. “As someone with roots in Eastern Jackson County, along with an impressive professional career in the nonprofit world, we know he is the right leader to carry our agency forward.”