Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson
Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson had her first community college experience in Sedalia, Missouri. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from State Fair Community College before moving to Columbia, Missouri, to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Columbia College. Even before completing her Bachelor's, Dr. Jorgenson began working in Adult Basic Education for Columbia Public Schools, including serving as interim director for that program. Her experiences in adult education inspired her to further her education in this field. She completed her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Higher and Adult Education at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Jorgenson became an Adult Basic Education Teacher-Trainer at Moberly Area Community College (MACC) in 1986. She later became director of that program, then also served MACC in other capacities. In 1995, she was promoted to Vice President, becoming President of the College in 1996. She served in the Chief Executive role at MACC for 17 years.
She became President of NorthWest Arkansas Community College on July 1, 2013. She was chosen as the institution's third President from among 30 applicants who sought the position in a nationwide search.
Dr. Jorgenson has earned many honors and awards in the course of her career. State Fair Community College honored her as a Distinguished Alumni and Columbia College presented her with a Professional Achievement Award. Additionally, she has been honored twice by Phi Theta Kappa as a Distinguished College President. In 2004, she received the Women Legislators of Missouri Deveme Lee Calloway Award for outstanding dedication to the field of education.
Throughout her career, Dr. Jorgenson has been passionate about the contributions of community colleges. She served the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) as a member of the Rural Policy Roundtable and the Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development. She also serves on the board of the AACC President's Academy. She was President of the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges and the Missouri Community College Association Presidents' and Chancellors' Council. In 2009, she was appointed by Missouri Governor J. Nixon to serve as a commissioner for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
Dr. Jorgenson also has been active in the community. She is a Rotarian and serves on the board for the NWA Food Bank, the Literacy Council of Benton County, the UAMS Northwest Campus Advisory Board, and is Ex-Officio Director for the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Jorgenson is married with two grown children and enjoys nature walks and reading.