Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson Accepts Presidency at Northwest Arkansas Community College
Moberly Area Community College President Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson formally announced her acceptance today of the presidency of Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AR. Dr. Jorgenson will retire from MACC after 16 years at its helm and 26 years of service to the College on June 30, 2013, and begin her new role on July 1.
"On behalf of the MACC Board of Trustees, I first want to congratulate Dr. Jorgenson on being selected as the new President at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Her credentials and reputation as an outstanding community college CEO made her a logical choice for that position," said Chairman of the Board, Greg Walker. "Secondly, and most importantly, the Board wants to express its appreciation to Evelyn Jorgenson for her countless accomplishments and leadership during her 16 years as President. Not only has the College expanded its programs and outreach throughout our 16 county service region, but with her guidance, MACC has played a significant role in economic development and delivering quality education for thousands of people."
Since 1996, MACC has responded to the demands for affordable higher education and led the way bringing higher education learning centers to Mexico, Hannibal, Kirksville and Columbia, as well as online classes across the country. Under Dr. Jorgenson's leadership, the College built numerous new facilities from the Graphic Arts/Fine Arts Center to the McCormick Commons and Residential Center and recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the newest facility, the off-campus center in Hannibal. She started the study-abroad program and the on-line degree program. She led two stellar Higher Learning Commission accreditation visits and with her guidance, the College has contributed to the economic vitality and the growth of nearly every community in its service region. It has achieved success in dual credit programs and has built university collaborations that are the envy of the state.
Of the 12 community college presidents in the state of Missouri, Dr. Jorgenson currently has the longest tenure in office. She is respected as a leader in higher education in Missouri and in community college education nationally serving on numerous state and national boards and commissions to further the cause of higher education.
"Because of all the wonderful memories and all the wonderful people at MACC, from Board members to faculty and staff, I find it very difficult to move on to another college; but at the same time, I take great comfort in knowing that the College is in good, strong hands. I could never leave if I didn't know that to be true," explained Dr. Jorgenson. "There is a time for change and a time for new opportunities and Chuck and I believe this is a good time for us to have one more grand adventure before we run out of steam!"
In the coming weeks, the Board of Trustees will address the challenge of selecting the next President. Fortunately, with Dr. Jorgenson staying through the end of the academic year, the Board will have the time to give thorough consideration to all its options.
"We will miss having someone with Dr. Jorgenson's love for community colleges at MACC, but we wish nothing but the best for Evelyn and her husband, Chuck, as they begin this exciting opportunity at NWACC," said Walker.