About the President
Dr. John Jasinski and his wife of 30 years, Denise, have four children – Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas – along with the family’s 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 and enhanced its financial position. Among other accomplishments, the institution has revamped its strategic planning process and is implementing a strategic plan, titled “Focus”; embarked on a comprehensive campaign, titled “Forever Green”; broken ground on a Northland Innovation Campus that will serve Northwest Missouri State University-Kansas City; partnered with seven North Kanas City school districts, Metropolitan Community College of Kanas City and a host of businesses as part of the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) experience; and partnered with the city of Maryville on the award-winning Fourth Street Improvement Project.
The institution has introduced a School of Health Science and Wellness, is piloting three other schools, is invoking competency-based education and is implanting a Learning and Teaching Center. Receiving a stable rating from Moody’s while the sector of higher education was 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 three major vendor contracts, opened a Student Engagement Center, enhanced grants and Small Business and Technology Development Center output, gained private support for four campus facilities and rebranded its athletic footprint. Northwest has garnered 20 national championships across academics and athletics since 2009.
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, 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 Missouri’s public four-year universities and the public value of higher education.
Dr. J., as he is known around campus, currently serves on 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, Jasinski is the vice chair of the SSM Health St. Francis Hospital Board of Directors and the Heartland Foundation Board of Trustees. He serves on 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.”
Jasinski has 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.
Recent awards include receipt of the Northland (Kansas City) Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education Award. Jasinski presents at regional and national conferences regularly.
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.