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Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Leadership Team

Matt Baker

Matt Baker, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Matt Baker was named vice president of student affairs in July 2011. Baker joined the Northwest staff in 1993 as a residence hall director before leaving in 1996 to work on his master's in higher education administration at the University of Arkansas. He returned to Northwest in 1998 as residential life coordinator for student services and subsequently served as assistant director of residential life, associate director of residential life, director of residential life and dean of students. Baker earned his bachelor's in psychology from Kansas State University and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The Division of Student Affairs includes the offices of campus activities, residential life, Greek life, intercultural affairs, leadership development, student organizations, student government, judicial affairs and volunteer services as well as auxiliary services (dining services, bookstore, union operations, residential facility management) and wellness services (health clinic, personal development and counseling services, health education).

Nola Bond

Nola Bond
Vice President of Human Resources

Nola Bond began her role as Northwest’s vice president of human resources in April 2013. Prior to joining the University, Bond was employed at Eaton Corporation in Shenandoah, Iowa, where she served as human resource manager and was a member of the senior leadership team. Bond, who has a degree in human resource management from Bellevue (Neb.) University, has also received numerous certifications, including Senior Professional in Human Resources, Professional in Human Resources and Certified Change Management Specialist. She is responsible for all facets of human resources at Northwest, including employee recruitment, onboarding, appraisal, retention and professional development processes as well as oversight of workforce planning, compensation and benefits.

Stacy Carrick

Stacy Carrick
Vice President of Finance

Stacy Carrick began her role as the vice president of finance in February 2010. A Certified Public Accountant, Carrick received a bachelor's from Northwest in 1988, and earned an MBA from Webster University. Before her employment at Northwest, Carrick served in a variety of capacities for Heartland Health in St. Joseph, including director for Decision Support Services. Prior to her employment at Heartland, she was a senior auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick in Kansas City. Carrick has also served as an examiner, senior examiner and judge for the Excellence in Missouri Foundation's Missouri Quality Award program.

Dr. Timothy Mottet

Timothy Mottet, Ed.D.

Named provost at Northwest in 2014, Dr. Timothy Mottet returns to Northwest, where he completed some of his undergraduate work, from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he has served as dean of fine arts and communication since 2011. Previously, Mottet worked for the University of Texas-Pan America in Edinburg, Texas, from 2007 to 2011, serving as a professor, endowed chair in communication, and assistant chair and chair of the Department of Communication. Between 1999 and 2007, Mottet held assistant professor and associate professor roles in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University. As provost, he is the University's chief academic officer.

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John Jasinski, Ph.D.
University President

Dr. John Jasinski began his presidency July 1, 2009. He returned to Northwest after serving the institution from 1986 to 2001 as a faculty member, department chair and associate provost. Before being chosen as Northwest's president, Jasinski served Northwood University from 2007 to 2009 as executive vice president/chief academic and operating officer. He founded and served as president of Jasinski Consulting Services from 2001 to 2009. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Educational Leadership/Higher Education Administration) and master's and bachelor's degrees from Central Michigan University.

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Mike Johnson

Michael Johnson
Vice President of University Advancement

Mike Johnson became Northwest's vice president of university advancement in August 2011. He previously was assistant vice president of alumni relations at the University of Northern Colorado where he advanced alumni programs; prioritized outreach and engagement; elevated alumni engagement; and enhanced volunteer recruitment. He also served as the vice president for development at the University of Northern Colorado Foundation while directing the quiet phase of the Transforming Lives campaign. Prior to his work in Colorado, Johnson was director of alumni relations at Northwest from 1995 to 2004. He also was operations manager of Northwest's radio station and NPR affiliate, KXCV/KRNW, from 1985 to 1995. Johnson earned his bachelor's in mass communication from Northwest in 1985.

Mel Tjeerdsma

Mel Tjeerdsma
Director of Athletics

Mel Tjeerdsma became Northwest’s director of athletics in April 2013. Tjeerdsma had retired as the Bearcat football head coach in early 2011 following 17 years of service where he orchestrated one of the greatest football program transformations in collegiate athletics. Prior to rejoining Northwest, Tjeerdsma coached Team USA to a world championship at the 2011 International Federation of American Football World Cup in Austria. He also was a member of Austin College’s Institutional Advancement development team where he led athletics fundraising efforts, and he served the NCAA, piloting a program that used prominent former coaches to create a more effective dialogue between coaches and the Division II governance structure and staff. Tjeerdsma earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern (S.D.) State College and a master’s from Northwest. As Northwest’s director of athletics, Tjeerdsma leads the institution’s athletics program, provides an overall vision for the program and serves as the lead athletics fundraiser. He oversees the University’s athletics personnel, budget and facilities as well as the athletics strategic plan.

Roger Von Holzen

Roger Von Holzen, Ed.D.
Vice President of Information Technology

Dr. Roger Von Holzen became Northwest's vice president of information technology in May 2013. He joined Northwest in 1987 as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. He was appointed director of CITE in 1999 and has been involved in various technology initiatives undertaken by the University, with a primary focus on the incorporation of technology into the learning process. He also was the director of the Northwest Missouri Educational Consortium and director of Textbook Services at the University. Von Holzen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and broadfield social sciences. While teaching high school for 10 years, Von Holzen obtained a Master of Education degree in computer studies from Northwest. He completed his doctorate in instructional technology from Texas Tech University in 1993.