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Northwest Missouri State University

The Inauguration of John Jasinski, Ph.D.

Friday, October 23, 2009


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Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski began his presidency on July 1, 2009. He returns to Northwest after serving the institution from 1986-2001 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.

In his role as president, Dr. Jasinski will provide the vision and set the direction for the University, enabling the faculty and staff to remain on the leading edge of excellence and innovation in programs, services and resource-management. He also will work successfully with external and internal constituencies, especially state and local officials, legislators, the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, foundations and alumni.

Before being chosen as Northwest's president, Dr. Jasinski worked at Northwood University from 2007-2009 as executive vice president/chief academic and operating officer, where he oversaw academics and operations across three campuses in three states, 35 satellites across nine states, and six international programs. He founded and served as president of Jasinski Consulting Services from 2001-2009 and provided consulting and training on leadership and organizational assessment with a variety of organizations (two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities, public K-12 education systems, medium and large hospitals and health care systems and non-profits). He also served as a coach to leaders and leadership teams regarding organizational assessment and improvement and as a coach/consultant to oversight boards.

Jasinski is nationally known for his work with the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP, part of the Higher Learning Commission and Northwest's accreditor), having aided in the design of the accrediting method, and for his work with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He has been a judge for the Missouri Quality Award and served on the board of directors for St. Francis Hospital and Health Services. He also has helped write and edit numerous organizational self-assessments across the country, is published nationally [e.g., fall 2004, No. 123, "New Directions for Institutional Research: Successful Strategic Planning" (Michael J. Dooris, John M. Kelley, and James F. Trainer, eds.; San Francisco: Jossey-Bass); Jasinski, J. Strategic Planning via Baldrige: Lessons Learned, pgs. 27-3; Seymour, D., Kelley, J., and Jasinski, J. Linking Planning, Quality Improvement, and Institutional Research, pgs. 49-56] and presents nationally and internationally at various conferences (e.g., Higher Learning Commission, National Benchmarking Project, Brazil International Education Forum, etc.).

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. Jasinski and his wife of 24 years, Denise, are constantly learning with their four children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas. He is active in church and community activities and has started and completed 10 marathons. He will be running in the New York City marathon on Nov. 1, 2009.