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Northwest Missouri State University


President (Photo by University Photography)
President (Photo by University Photography)
President (Photo by University Photography)
President (Photo by University Photography)
President (Photo by University Photography)
President (Photo by University Photography)
President (Photo by University Photography)
President (Photo by University Photography)

About the President

Dr. John Jasinski and his wife of 31 years, Denise, have four children – Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas – along with the family’s dog, Ruby.

Dr. Jasinski is the 10th president of Northwest Missouri State University. He and first lady Denise and have been serving in their roles since 2009. Jasinski is humbled to help lead the vibrant and peer-leading institution, which is proud of its 111-year-old culture and focused on disrupting from a position of strength while boldly addressing its future. The institution’s focus on profession-based learning and student success serves as the foundation for all initiatives.

Northwest is undergoing an academic renaissance with the introduction of a profession-based curriculum developed through industry-based partnerships; a newly implemented academic structure featuring professional schools; a refined core curriculum known as the Northwest Core; the piloting of competency-based education; an enhanced focus on learning environments through the introduction of model classrooms and a Learning and Teaching Center as well as academic building upgrades; the groundbreaking of a Northland Innovation Center that will serve as Northwest Missouri State University-Kansas City; and the partnering with seven North Kanas City school districts, Metropolitan Community College of Kanas City and a host of businesses to offer the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) experience.

Northwest enjoys peer-leading metrics across measures such as freshman success rate, retention rate, graduation rate, student satisfaction, student engagement and athletic success rate. Northwest, under Dr. Jasinski’s presidency, has refined its mission, vision and values and metrics architecture, received full accreditation with no follow-ups and enhanced its financial position. Among other accomplishments, the University has revamped its strategic planning process and implemented a strategic plan, titled “Focus”; embarked on a comprehensive campaign, titled “Forever Green”; partnered with the city of Maryville on the award-winning Fourth Street Improvement Project and the upcoming opening of the Watson 9 youth golf course at Mozingo Lake and Recreation Park. 

Northwest has received a stable rating from Moody’s while the sector of higher education has been downgraded. The institution has, for example, refinanced bonds and gained more than $10 million in net present value cashflow savings, upgraded the campus wireless system, addressed major vendor contracts, opened a state-of-the-art fitness center, student engagement center, enhanced grants and sponsored projects, gained private support for campus facilities and rebranded its athletic footprint. Northwest has garnered 23 national championships across academics and athletics since 2009.

Jasinski returned to Northwest after serving the institution from 1986 to 2001 as a faculty member, department chair and associate provost, and receiving awards such as the University Service Award and National Broadcast Adviser of the Year. 

Jasinski led his own small business from 2001 to 2007, consulting with organizations of all types across all sectors. His business realized year-over-year enhanced net revenues through the delivery of personalized customer-focused performance excellence training, coaching, business planning and organizational assessment. He also served as chief academic and chief operating officer for Northwood University from 2007 to 2009.

Among other professional affiliations, Jasinski formerly served as chair of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award’s Panel of Judges. He also served as chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) committee on professional development and as chair of the Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE), the organization consisting of CEOs from Missouri’s public four-year universities and charged with supporting and advancing the mission of those institutions and the public value of higher education.

Dr. J. – as he is known around Northwest’s campus and beyond – serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Council of State Representatives, Professional Development Committee and Nominating Committee. Furthermore, he is the vice chair of the SSM Health St. Francis Hospital Board of Directors, serves on the Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s Missouri 2030: Workforce-Education Alliance and is member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) CEO Council. 

He hosts “All Things Northwest,” a monthly, hour-long program focused on topics of interest to the region on Northwest’s National Public Radio affiliate, KXCV-KRNW. He is an editorial board member for the Journal of Audio and Radio Media and is certified through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS-100 for Higher Education.”

His previous work also includes serving a year-long sabbatical at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a number of positions within the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, as a judge for the Missouri Quality Award and aiding in the design of the accrediting method known as the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), which is part of the Higher Learning Commission, a regional higher education accrediting body. 

He was as a member of the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s (MDHE) Coordinated Plan Steering Committee, “Blueprint for Higher Education,” and a committee member for the MDHE’s Performance Funding Task Force. He has served on other statewide teams, including one for the National Governors Association Policy Academy intended to strengthen postsecondary accountability systems and another participating in the Complete College America Alliance of States.

Jasinski recently was awarded the Northland (Kansas City) Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education Award. He presents regularly at state, regional and national conferences, leads varying workshops, serves as a book reviewer and provides ongoing organizational analyses for a variety of organizations. 

Faith and family are paramount for Jasinski. Running has been a passion, hobby and balancing agent for him, and he enjoys spending time with lifelong friends, engaging conversations, creating partnerships and collaborations, sipping good coffee and diving into non-fiction books.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in educational leadership and higher education administration as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Central Michigan University.

Learn more by visiting the Northwest campus, talking with any faculty or staff members or by visiting www.nwmissouri.edu. Follow Dr. J on twitter at @presidentjazz.