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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 11, 2013

Jasinski elected to chair role of statewide COPHE board

Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski, president of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, has been elected by his peers to serve a two-year term as chair of the Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE).  COPHE is composed of the presidents and chancellors of 13 four-year public higher education institutions in Missouri. 

Jasinski begins his role immediately, succeeding University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton. Jasinski had served the past two years as vice chair of COPHE. Clifton M. Smart III, president of Missouri State University, was elected by the group to serve a two-year term as vice-chair.

“Clif and I are humbled our peers across the state elected us to serve as COPHE’s chair and vice-chair,” Jasinski said. “This is a crucial time in our state as we chart a long-term course for higher education, so these roles carry a significant responsibility. 

“We look forward to working with our key constituents, civic and business leaders, elected representatives and the Governor to continue moving early childhood, elementary and secondary and higher education, forward in Missouri.”

Additionally, Jasinski, in April, assumed his role as chairperson of the panel of judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for organizational performance excellence. Rebecca Blank, deputy secretary of commerce in the U.S. Department of Commerce, appointed Jasinski to the post, and the Baldrige Program for Performance Excellence is the nation's leading public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence.

Jasinski began his Northwest presidency in 2009. During his tenure, Northwest has enjoyed peer-leading metrics across measures such as freshman success rate, retention rate, graduation rate, student satisfaction, student engagement and athletic success rate. Northwest, under Jasinski’s presidency, has refined its mission, vision and values and metrics architecture, addressed three strategic themes, enhanced its financial position in a difficult economic climate, upgraded the campus wireless system, opened a student engagement center, gained private support for four campus facilities and rebranded its athletic footprint. The University is currently embarking on a comprehensive Student Success Model focused on college completion, opening a Teaching and Learning Center, undergoing a rigorous strategic enrollment management study and a comprehensive campaign readiness assessment.

Among other professional affiliations, Jasinski serves as chair of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award's Panel of Judges. He serves as the chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) committee on professional development and as a member of AASCU’s rural coalition and membership retention and recruitment committees.

Furthermore, Jasinski serves on the St. Francis Hospital and Health Services Board of Directors and the Heartland Foundation Board of Trustees. He chairs the Northwest Missouri P-20 Council, is an editorial board member for the Journal of Audio and Radio Media and recently served as a book reviewer for the American Society for Quality’s Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality Improvement Supports the STEM Agenda, led a workshop for the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) and Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) on organizational assessment and was invited to and presented at a statewide workshop sponsored at the CBHE’s Board Forum titled “Sharing Perspectives on Local, State and National Higher Education: Maintaining Academic Quality.”

For more information about Dr. John Jasinski, including a complete bio, click here


Founded in the mid-1970s, COPHE strives to support and advance the mission of Missouri's public four-year universities by facilitating information sharing and collaboration among the chief executive officers. COPHE encourages increased understanding by the public and public officials of the value of higher education to a state’s people and its economy. COPHE consists of Northwest Missouri State University, Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, Missouri Western State University, Missouri Southern State University, Truman State University, Lincoln University and Harris-Stowe State University as well as the University of Missouri System, which is comprised of campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis and Rolla.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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