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Northwest Missouri State University

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Jasinski Clark Porterfield Shepard

April 7, 2009

KXCV to webcast 'town hall' meetings with presidential finalists

Four town hall-style campus meetings scheduled this month with each of the remaining candidates seeking to become the next president of Northwest Missouri State University will be webcast via live streaming audio by KXCV/KRNW, the University's public radio station.

Listeners wishing to access the live webcasts can simply go to and follow the instructions that will be posted on the station's homepage.

All four meetings, which are open to members of the University community and the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom, which has limited seating capacity.

The dates of each Web-delivered live broadcast are listed below:

The meetings take place on the second day of the candidates' two-day visits to Northwest, which are scheduled as follows: Jasinski, Monday, April 13-Tuesday, April 14; Clark, Thursday, April 16-Friday, April 17; Porterfield, Monday, April 20-Tuesday, April 21; and Shepard, Monday, April 27-Tuesday, April 28.

Each candidate will arrive on campus late in the afternoon on the first day for dinner with members of the President's Cabinet and representatives from the Student Administrative Support Services group and the Support Staff Council. Dinner will be followed by a reception with invited guests including representatives of the Student Senate, Faculty Senate, Northwest Alumni Association, President's Cabinet, Support Staff Council, Auxiliary Services unit and the city of Maryville.

The candidates will meet with various groups on the second day and take tours of the campus and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. They will each take part in two town hall-style meetings; one for students at 3 p.m. and the general meeting at 4 p.m. in the union boardroom. Candidates will spend the evening of their second day on campus at dinner with the Board of Regents.

The names of the four presidential finalists were announced April 1 by members of the University's 13-member Presidential Search Committee. Brief biographies appear below. Full resumes are posted at .

John Jasinski worked as an administrator and faculty member at Northwest from 1986 until 2001, serving as associate provost and chair and assistant professor for the Department of Mass Communication. He was named to his present position in 2007. Jasinski earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University and completed his Ph.D. at the University Nebraska-Lincoln.

Robert M. Clark has been at the University of Kansas since 1997, first as dean of the Edwards campus, which is located in Overland Park. Prior to that, he served as the dean of the Rockhurst University School of Management in Kansas City. He began his career in higher education at Syracuse University, where he served in various positions including that of associate dean of the school of management. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Arizona State University, a master's degree in higher education from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Syracuse.

Kent T. Porterfield is an alumnus of Northwest, where he worked as an administrator for 16 years. He joined the University staff in 1990 as director of the J.W. Jones Student Union and was named vice president for student affairs in 1997. Porterfield left in 2006 to assume his current position at Saint Louis University. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwest and earned an Ed.D. through the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Joseph Shepard was named to his present position in 2003. He joined the Florida Gulf Coast University administration in 1995 as assistant dean of student services and was promoted to dean in 2002. Prior to his work at Florida Gulf Coast, he was a housing administrator at the University of North Texas-Denton. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics education from Northern Arizona University, and a master's in business administration from the University of North Texas. Shepard earned his Ph.D. from Florida International University in Miami.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468