Northwest Arkansas Community College Trustees Approve Profile for Next President

BENTONVILLE — The Board of Trustees on Wednesday solidified the profile for Northwest Arkansas Community College’s next president.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the profile at a special meeting Wednesday. Board members Rachel Harris and Jerry Vest were absent.

Evelyn Jorgenson, 69, has worked in education for 48 years and began as the college’s third president in 2013. She’ll retire when her contract ends June 30.

The profile, in addition to information on the college and region, includes details on the president’s role, opportunities and challenges of the position and ideal characteristics and qualifications for the next president.

The profile will be posted online by Monday to begin identifying candidates qualified to be the next president, said Kennon Briggs, a consultant with the search firm Association of Community College Trustees of Washington. The college used the same firm to select Jorgenson.

“We’re looking for the best leader in this role,” said Ron Branscum, board chairman.

The board meeting followed a day of four forums at the college on Tuesday to receive student, faculty, staff and community feedback to help shape the profile.

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