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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 26, 2012

Jasinski appointed to lead AASCU committee on professional development

Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski has accepted an invitation from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to serve as the chair of its committee on professional development for the coming academic year.

AASCU provides advocacy, leadership and service in support of nearly 420 public colleges and universities in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The committee on professional development helps AASCU provide professional development support to presidents through its annual summer council, orientation workshops for new presidents and other programs for new and experienced campus executives. AASCU committees are comprised of presidents and chancellors from AASCU’s member institutions.

Jasinski also serves as a member of AASCU’s rural coalition and membership retention and recruitment committees and previously served as the co-chair of the Professional Development Committee.

“It is humbling to serve a great organization such as AASCU and work with presidents from so many varying institutions,” Jasinski said. “AASCU presidents provide an important voice as we help advance cultures that are learning- and teaching-centered, committed to underserved student populations and that advance our regions’ economic progress and cultural development. I look forward to working with a great team of presidents in crafting meaningful professional development opportunities for our colleagues.”

Northwest’s 10th president, Jasinski assumed the 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.

In his role as president, Jasinski helped the institution through “Reposition and Prepare” and “Respond and Transform” phases from 2009 to 2012. With a renewed commitment to retention, Jasinski is now leading Northwest through an “Executing and Succeeding” phase, helping the institution remain on the leading edge of excellence and innovation in programs, services and resource management as well as preparing for a comprehensive capital campaign. He also works successfully with internal and external constituencies, especially state and local officials, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, foundations and alumni.

Under Jasinski, Northwest has recorded record enrollments during three of the last four years and strengthened its financial position against the backdrop of state appropriation cuts. In addition, Northwest’s retention and graduation rates continue to rank among the highest in the state when compared to peer institutions.

In 2011, Jasinski was elected by his Missouri presidential peers to serve a two-year term as vice chair of the Council on Public Higher Education. Also In 2011, Jasinski was appointed to a three-year position on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award's Panel of Judges by then U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Furthermore, he serves on a statewide team for the National Governors Association Policy Academy, as chair of the Northwest Missouri P-20 Council’s higher education subteam, as a committee member for the Missouri Department of Higher Education's Performance Funding Task Force and in a variety of roles for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association conference. He presented at the Coordinating Board for Higher Education’s conference, “Sharing Perspectives on Local, State and National Higher Education,” in June 2012 and recently served as a book reviewer for “Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality Improvement Supports the STEM Agenda.”

Jasinski serves on the St. Francis Hospital and Health Services Board of Directors and the Heartland Foundation Board of Trustees. He also has achieved FEMA Certification IS-00100.HE, “Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS-100 for Higher Education,” and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Audio and Radio Media.

He has started and completed 11 marathons and recently flew with the Blue Angels. Jasinski and his wife of 27 years, Denise, have four children – Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas – and a new addition to the family, a dog, Ruby.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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