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 is a trustee of Reed College in Oregon.
He was chairman of the Review and Prioritization Board of Lehigh’s Iaccoca Institute and served on the board of trustees from 1995-2002. While a trustee, he served on the cultural affairs, development, and physical planning and plant committees.
In addition to his commitment of scholarship support for undergraduates, Kenner provided funding for the Kenner Theatre in the Ulrich Student Center and a classroom in the Rauch Business Center. He also provided funding for the entrance road to campus and initial program endowment for the Integrated Business and Engineering undergraduate program, for which he has been a frequent lecturer. Kenner endowed the Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding and Tolerance in the College of Arts & Sciences and has been a longtime member of Lehigh’s Asa Packer and Tower Societies.
He resides in New York City.