Dr. Lynn Jensen worked valiantly in his thirty-year career at the Utah State Office of Education in school counseling, career and technical education, career development, and Utah's Career Resource Network. Dr. Jensen redefined the role of Utah School Counselors from a services orientation for some students to a comprehensive program model for all students.
Dr. Jensen initiated state-wide school counselor reform in the early 1980's. By 1998, counselors in nearly all secondary schools in Utah implemented the Gysbers' Missouri Model for Comprehensive Guidance initiated by Dr. Jensen. Guidance programs throughout the state met the stringent program standards required for this model. During this time, Dr. Jensen, school counseling practitioners, and Career and Technical Education leaders secured on-going funding from the Utah State Legislature to implement the reform and maintain continuing guidance program standards.
Dr. Jensen was passionate about students and the important role counselors had in serving all students. He worked diligently to assure that students had access to the information they needed about school and work. His vision and efforts provided the tools and services needed for students to make informed choices and decisions about their future. Dr. Jensen was a significant mentor to many. He believed in counselors, he had high expectations for them, and he helped set the stage for amazing, once in a lifetime opportunities in school counseling, and guidance for professional school counselors.
Dr. Lynn Jensen passed away peacefully in June 2006 after a valiant two and a half year battle with cancer.