About the President
Dr. John Jasinski and his wife of 28 years, Denise, have four children – Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas – along with a recent addition to the family, a dog, Ruby.
Dr. Jasinski began his Northwest Missouri State University 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 and receiving awards such as the University Service Award and National Broadcast Adviser of the Year.
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, enhanced its financial position in a difficult economic climate, received a stable rating from Moody’s while the sector of higher education was downgraded, refinanced three bonds and gained more than $10 million in net present value cashflow savings, upgraded the campus wireless system, addressed three major vendor contracts, opened a Student Engagement Center and a Teaching and Learning Center, enhanced grants and Small Business and Technology Development Center output, gained private support for four campus facilities and rebranded its athletic footprint. The University is currently embarking on a comprehensive Student Success Model focused on college completion, undergoing a rigorous strategic enrollment management study and a comprehensive campaign readiness assessment.
Dr. Jasinski knows business, having 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 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, Dr. Jasinski serves as chair of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award's Panel of Judges. He also serves as chair of the Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE) – the organization consisting of CEOs from Missouri’s public four-year universities that is charged with supporting and advancing the mission of Missouri’s public four-year universities and the public value of higher education.
Dr. J., as he is known around campus, serves as the chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) committee on professional development and as a member of AASCU’s rural coalition and membership retention and recruitment committees.
Furthermore, Dr. Jasinski serves on the St. Francis Hospital and Health Services Board of Directors and the Heartland Foundation Board of Trustees. He chairs the Northwest Missouri P-20 Council, is an editorial board member for the Journal of Audio and Radio Media and is FEMA certified through its “Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS-100 for Higher Education.”
Dr. Jasinski recently served as a book reviewer for the American Society for Quality’s Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality Improvement Supports the STEM Agenda, led a workshop for the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) and Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) on organizational assessment and was invited to and presented at a statewide workshop sponsored at the CBHE’s Board Forum titled “Sharing Perspectives on Local, State and National Higher Education: Maintaining Academic Quality.”
His previous work includes serving a yearlong sabbatical at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 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, part of the Higher Learning Commission and Northwest’s accreditor). He served as a committee member for the MDHE’s Performance Funding Task Force and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Marketing Task Force and Expansion Project Team. In addition, he served on a statewide team for the National Governors Association Policy Academy intended to strengthen postsecondary accountability systems.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in educational leadership/higher education administration and master's and bachelor's degrees from Central Michigan University.