Northwest President John Jasinski was named one of Ingram Magazine’s 2019 Icons of Education.
Ingram, a business magazine based in Kansas City, Missouri, chose 10 exceptional leaders that demonstrate a “lifetime of service for a region’s future” to be featured in its February issue.
“Receiving that sort of recognition really means that you have a great team around you and certainly a larger group of individuals that are incredibly supportive,” Jasinski said. “It’s not an individual award; it’s really team based and a recognition of a great institution.”
Ingram started Icons of Education in 2009 as an annual tradition. Ingram Managing Editor Dennis Boone said they gather information on leaders throughout Missouri and Kansas.
“We’re looking for people who have devoted their lives to higher education,” Boone said. “They have a career of metrics that define them as being the best at what they do.”
Jasinski said he was fortunate to have good teachers from kindergarten all the way through to receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because they taught him to be a leader.
“I know that the educators I came into contact with always provided higher expectations, which really meant a lot,” Jasinski said. “It shows that they have confidence and faith in you even though sometimes you may not have faith in yourself.”
Northwest’s performance across many areas and outperforming peers, setting the University apart is what Jasinski said one of his proudest accomplishments as president.
“We talk about why Northwest is such a special place and I really believe it’s because all of us collectively come together and perform,” Jasinski said. “When we say we are going to do something we actually do it. We’ve been responsive, we’ve been proactive.”
Jasinski has served as 10th president at Northwest since 2009. He has been elected to the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and is on the advisory team of the commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education. He attributes his success to his wife, family, staff, faculty, alumni and students.
“We’re not without challenges and opportunities, but we’re headed in a direction that is a positive direction for what the higher education is going through in the next 10 years,” Jasinski said. “I think it really reflects well in the institution itself.”