Northwest Missouri State University Gets New President

Northwest Missouri State’s Board of Regents has selected Dr. John Jasinski, executive vice president and chief academic and operating officer of Northwood University in Midland, Mich., to be the University’s next president. Jasinski succeeds Dr. Dean L. Hubbard, who will retire at the end of June after 25 years as Northwest’s top administrator. When he assumes the presidency July 1, Jasinski will become the tenth president in the University’s 104-year history.

“The search and selection process for a new president has officially ended,” said Board of Regents President James W. “Bill” Loch in a prepared statement. “Dr. Jasinski exhibits a great enthusiasm and work ethic to all around him.

“The new president will be confronted with difficult decisions in the near future relegated to him by a changed economic environment,” Loch said. “The University understands this concept, as well as the Board of Regents, and all associated with the Northwest family. We welcome our new president and ask all to support him during the transition.”

Jasinski made his first appearance on campus as president-select today, Friday, May 22, during a 2 p.m. question-and-answer session in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. He was introduced by Loch, who thanked his fellow board members and the 13-member Presidential Search Committee for their efforts in helping choose Northwest’s new president.

Loch said he was privileged to introduce Jasinski, and he described the president-select’s arrival as the beginning of a new era for the institution.

“Northwest has been a book with nine chapters,” Loch said. “Now we are about to write the tenth chapter. We’re ready to turn the page.”

Jasinski spoke briefly to a crowd of about 100 University faculty and staff, community members, and television and newspaper reporters. He thanked the regents and praised the board’s commitment as “stewards for this state, stewards for this community and stewards for this University.” He also drew sustained applause after recognizing President Hubbard and first lady Aleta Hubbard, who were not present, for their years of service to Northwest.

I came here a long, long time ago,” said Jasinski, a former Northwest faculty member, “and this University has changed dramatically. We owe President Hubbard and Mrs. Hubbard a debt of gratitude for that.”

Jasinski said he had gone for “a little jog” across campus Friday morning, during which he stopped and spoke to students.

“I chatted with a sophomore-to-be headed to his summer class, and, I’ll tell you what, he was thrilled about the academic experience and what Northwest is bringing to him,” Jasinski said.

The president-select then told of hearing from former faculty members who reminded him that Northwest has always been known for the high value it places on student success.

“They said, ‘You know, the best thing I liked about Northwest was that it was a teaching institution. I was able to talk to students one on one and be a mentor and a guide in the best way I could, and make a difference in the student’s life,'” Jasinski said. “That’s what’s important at Northwest Missouri State University, and that’s what we do with students. That’s what I’m looking forward to being part of in terms of family.”

A Northwest faculty member and administrator from 1986 until 2001, Jasinski chaired the University’s Department of Mass Communication from 1992 until 1998 and also served as associate provost. Administratively, he played a significant role in the development of the University’s Culture of Quality as it related to the national Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program administered by the federal government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Along with Dr. Hubbard, Jasinski co-chaired Northwest’s Baldrige Category Council, a senior-level panel charged with implementing institutional improvement initiatives in all areas of University operations. A former Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner, Jasinski also served as an education specialist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology during a one-year sabbatical in 1994-’95.

At Northwood, a private institution founded in 1959, Jasinski oversees academic and operational functions at the university’s three campuses, which are located in Midland; Cedar Hill, Texas; and West Palm Beach, Fla. The school also offers programs at 34 satellite sites in eight states and maintains international program centers in China, Switzerland, Bahrain, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

As executive vice president, Jasinski guides Northwood’s senior administrators in such areas as advancement, finance, graduate and specialty programs, marketing and enrollment. He also provides leadership on issues related to student and faculty needs and budgeting.

Jasinski earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication, with undergraduate concentrations in broadcasting and cinematic arts, from Central Michigan University. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and higher education administration from the University Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jasinski and his wife, Denise, have four children, ages 8, 10, 17, 21, and maintain numerous ties to the Maryville community. While a member of the Northwest faculty, the president-select played an active role in civic affairs, serving on the Maryville City Council from 2001-2007 and as a St. Francis Hospital and Health Services board member from 1997-’99. He is a veteran runner and has completed ten marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2003 and 2004.

Jasinski was picked from a list of four finalists submitted to the Board of Regents by a search committee made up of several regents; members of the faculty and staff; Northwest alumni; and representatives from the Student Senate, Northwest Foundation and Maryville community. The other three finalists were Robert M. Clark, Ph.D., vice chancellor and dean, University of Kansas (Edwards campus); Kent T. Porterfield, Ed.D., vice president for student development, Saint Louis University, St. Louis; and Joseph Shepard, Ph.D., vice president for administrative services and finance, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers.