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Northwest Missouri State University


Faculty/Staff Spotlight

    May 25, 2016

    Northwest announces Jamie Hooyman as vice provost, new appointments for Jeff Foot, Leslie Chandler

    Dr. Jamie Hooyman

    Dr. Jamie Hooyman

    Dr. Jeff Foot

    Dr. Jeff Foot

    Northwest Missouri State University has named Dr. Jamie Hooyman, who has served in various roles during the last decade at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, as its vice provost, effective July 19.

    Additionally, Dr. Jeff Foot becomes director of admissions and international affairs, and Leslie Chandler becomes coordinator of academic retention and orientation, both effective July 1.

    The moves are the latest pieces of a revised academic structure Northwest is shaping in preparation for the 2016-2017 academic year. Hooyman will report to Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet and fills the role vacated by Dr. Greg Haddock, who recently was named associate provost for graduate studies and special programs.

    “We are very excited and fortunate to have Dr. Jamie Hooyman joining the academic affairs leadership team,” Mottet said. “Jamie is an experienced leader who brings both breadth and depth to academic affairs, including developing quality academic programming and working with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits Northwest.” 

    Hooyman has served North Central the last two years as its vice president of institutional effectiveness, providing leadership for the college’s academic environment, including instruction, student services, grants, dual credit and outreach, business and industry, and information technology. She also served on a number of state-level committees and taskforces.

    Hooyman joined the North Central staff in 2006 and also served as its dean of instruction and associate dean. Additionally, her professional experiences include service as a faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in its Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

    Hooyman earned her doctorate of education in human performance from Oklahoma State University. She also owns an associate degree from North Central, a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University. 

    “I was born and raised in the northwest part of Missouri and have always respected the outstanding reputation that Northwest Missouri State University holds for educating future leaders,” Hooyman said. “To become a part of an institution that has student learning as its primary focus will be very rewarding. I am so excited to become part of the Bearcat family.”

    Foot has served as director of Northwest’s Office of International Affairs and English as a Second Language program since 2005 and joined the University's administrative staff in 2001. His new role stems from a merging of the University’s admissions and international affairs offices.

    Foot earned his doctorate of education in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of New Brunswick–Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada, and a master’s degree in educational leadership-secondary from Northwest.

    “Jeff has done an outstanding job of leading our international recruitment efforts and growing the international student enrollment at Northwest,” said Bev Schenkel, who assumes the role of associate provost of enrollment management and student success within the University’s new academic structure. “Jeff will bring an excellent set of skills to the admissions unit and provide strong leadership to recruit and enroll new students who meet our enrollment goals.”

    Chandler has served Northwest as its coordinator of orientation and transfer affairs since 2003. Schenkel said Chandler’s new role will allow her to expand and enhance the University’s orientation offerings for various student segments, including online and transfer students. She will coordinate Northwest’s implementation and operation of a new customer relations management tool and continue to chair the University’s First-Year Experience (FYE) Committee as well as collaborate closely with University Seminar to ensure alignment with all FYE programming.

    She is part of Northwest’s enrollment management and student success unit, which reports to Schenkel. Tara Eckrich, who joined the University last fall as a transfer specialist in the Office of Admissions, will fill Chandler’s role as coordinator of transfer affairs.

    Chandler earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in higher education administration, both from the University of Alabama.

    “Leslie brings a strong background and knowledge of student development to her new role at Northwest,” Schenkel said. “Her skills have been further strengthened through her work in the student advisement office as well as from working in the Northwest’s Department of Professional Education, developing technology to support student learning. In addition, she has devoted a considerable amount of time to the development of FYE strategies, all the while staying focused on student success and support.” 


    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