Public forums in Bentonville to inform the search for the next college president

BENTONVILLE – Northwest Arkansas Community College will be holding public forums on Nov. 16 to help shape the search for the college’s next president, administrators said.

The forums will be held in the White Burns Hall Auditorium on the college campus at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for faculty and staff, 11 a.m. for students and 4 p.m. for the community, Ron Branscum said Monday. , chairman of the board of directors, during a board meeting. Meet.

“The objective will be to have an approved presidential profile,” he said.

Representatives from the Association of Community College Trustees research firm in Washington, DC, will be in attendance for the forums and will use the information gathered to help inform the research to replace Evelyn Jorgenson, president of the NWACC.

Jorgenson, 69, has worked in education for 48 years and started as the third college president in 2013. She will retire at the end of her contract on June 30.

The search for Jorgenson’s replacement will begin once the presidential profile is formed, Branscum said.

The research firm will select five to seven semi-finalists and present three to five candidates for the board to choose from for the next president, he said.

A finalist for the college presidency is expected to visit the college in March, Branscum said. The board plans to select a new chairman in April. The process could start over if they are initially unable to find a good candidate for the job, he said.

The college budgeted $ 75,000 for the research, he said.

The post of president will not be the only post to fill in the administrative staff of the college, as Todd Kitchen, vice president of student services, has said he has accepted the post of new president of the eastern campus of the Cuyahoga Community. College in Ohio.

Kitchen met with students, faculty and staff at Cuyahoga Community College last month at two town halls, according to an announcement from the college. He will join the faculty of Cuyahoga in the fall.

Kitchen served as NWACC’s Vice President of Student Services for 10 years.

“I owe all of you a debt of gratitude,” Kitchen told the directors and board at the meeting, adding that the opportunity to serve as president of the staff of Cuyahoga would not have been possible without his years at the NWACC.

In other news, Jorgenson said the state’s nine independent colleges have formed the Consortium of Arkansas Independent Colleges to help create a united voice in the state.

The consortium first met over the summer, she said, and consists of the presidents of NWACC, Arkansas Northeastern College, Black River Technical College, East Arkansas Community College, National Park College, North Arkansas College, Ozarka College, South Arkansas Community College, and Southeast Arkansas College.

The consortium will allow colleges to collaborate in areas such as legislative advocacy, operational best practices, and professional development for employees and directors, Jorgenson said.

The consortium will also provide colleges with the opportunity to come together to make change in areas that impact all of their students and staff, she said.

“We could speak with one voice and have more weight,” Jorgenson said.

Business of the meeting also included the election of new board members.

The board voted 8-0 to elect DeAnne Witherspoon as chairman of the board, Mark Scott as vice chairman and Rachel Harris as secretary.

Council member Mauricio Herrera was absent.

Witherspoon was previously vice president and Scott was the former secretary of the board.

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Eagle 5K and Fun Run

Northwest Arkansas Community College will be offering an 8 a.m. fundraising run and an 8:30 a.m. 5K run on November 20 at the Bentonville campus in support of the college’s cross-country running program.

Register for the event online at

Source: Northwestern Arkansas Community College

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