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June 27, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents on Thursday approved a four-year extension of University President Dr. John Jasinski’s contract.
Board Chair Dr. Mark Hargens said the extension was the result of Jasinski’s “exemplary service” to the University and the state.
“I think it is obvious to everyone who has worked with Dr. Jasinski that the University has prospered under his steady leadership,” Hargens said. “Extending his contract is important for the Board and all members of the University community.”
Jasinski’s current contract expires June 30, 2015, however, the Board evaluates the contract annually. Jasinski’s new contract takes effect July 1.
Jasinski, Northwest’s 10th president, assumed his role July 1, 2009. Under his leadership, Northwest enjoys peer-leading metrics in areas such as freshman success rate, retention rate, graduation rate, student satisfaction, student engagement and athletic success rate. The institution also has met all five of the state’s performance funding metrics each of the last two years and received full accreditation with no follow-ups.
The University has developed a comprehensive student success model focused on college completion and is completing a rigorous strategic enrollment management study, with both tying to the University’s updated strategic plan. Additionally, Northwest, during Jasinski’s presidency, has refined its mission, vision and values, and it has enhanced its financial position in a difficult economic climate.
Among his professional affiliations, Jasinski serves as chair of the Council on Public Higher Education, an organization consisting of chief executive officers from Missouri’s public four-year universities. He is past chair of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award’s Panel of Judges, serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) committee on professional development and is a member of AASCU’s rural coalition and membership retention and recruitment committees. Jasinski also serves on the St. Francis Hospital and Health Services Board of Directors and the Heartland Foundation Board of Trustees.
Jasinski 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.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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