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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 6, 2012

Regents renew Jasinski’s contract as president of University

Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski will serve as president of Northwest Missouri State University for three more years after the University’s Board of Regents and Jasinski agreed to an extension Dec. 31.  

The extension takes effect July 1, 2012, and runs through June 30, 2015.

Jasinski, Northwest’s 10th president, 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.

“It is humbling to be a part of the committed and passionate Bearcat team and family that extends from faculty and staff to students to alumni and friends to general supporters of Northwest,” he said. “This is about the team, how everyone contributes to student success and how we have come together to address an array of challenges and opportunities together, the Bearcat way. I thank the Board of Regents for its unanimous support and thank all members of the Bearcat family. On behalf of my wife, Denise, and our children, we will continue our daily focus on delivering excellence to our students, our taxpayers and the region in which we serve.”

Board Chair Lydia Hurst said the Board was pleased to extend Jasinski’s contract, and the University has a bright future despite decreased state appropriations.

“We continue to strive for constant improvement in the University’s already above-average graduation and freshman retention rates,” Hurst said. “We have always been proud to offer an excellent education to our students at a great value.”

In his role as president, Jasinski helped “Reposition and Prepare” the institution in 2009-10, led Northwest through a “Respond and Transform” phase in 2010-11 and has set the stage for the “Executing and Succeeding” phase in 2011 and beyond, all helping the institution remain on the leading edge of excellence and innovation in programs, services and resource management. 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 the last three years, strengthened its financial position against the backdrop of state appropriation cuts, and its retention and graduation rates continue to rank among the highest in the state.

In 2011, Jasinski was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term as vice chair of the Council on Public Higher Education. The organization, which is composed of presidents and chancellors of four-year public higher education institutions in Missouri, supports and advances the mission of Missouri's public four-year colleges and universities by facilitating information sharing and collaboration among the chief executive officers. Also In 2011, Dr. Jasinski was appointed to a three-year position on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award's Panel of Judges by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Furthermore, he serves as vice chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' (AASCU) Professional Development Planning Committee and is a member of AASCU’s Rural Coalition and Membership Retention and Recruitment Committees. He serves on a statewide team for the National Governors Association Policy Academy intended to strengthen postsecondary accountability systems. He serves as chair of the Northwest Missouri P-20 Council’s higher education subteam, 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. Furthermore, 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.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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