A member of the Class of 1965, Jeffrey Kenner majored in industrial engineering. He continued his studies and earned a second degree in business the following year. Kenner began his career as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse & Co. In 1979, he left Price Waterhouse to join a Wall Street firm active in leveraged buyouts and venture capital. In 1986, he formed his own firm, Kenner & Company, Inc., which specializes in leveraged buyouts and recapitalization of closely-held companies. He served as a trustee of Reed College in Oregon.
As a distinguished alumnus, Kenner served from 1995-2002 on the Lehigh University board of trustees, participating on the cultural affairs, development, and physical planning and plant committees. In addition, he was chairman of the Review and Prioritization Board of the university’s Iacocca Institute.
In addition to his commitment to undergraduate scholarship support, Kenner provided funding for a classroom in the Rauch Business Center and the former Kenner Theatre in Upper Grace Hall, now re-purposed with Kenner’s name affiliated with the renovated Great Hall in Lamberton. He also provided funding for the entrance road to campus and critical seed funding for the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) undergraduate program. Kenner endowed The Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding and Tolerance in the College of Arts & Sciences in 1997 and has been a longtime member of both the Asa Packer and Tower Societies.
He resides in New York City with his wife, Hyunja Laskin.