New Northwest Provost

Jamie Hooyman

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University has announced Dr. Jamie Hooyman will serve as its next provost.

 Hooyman (pronounced HOY-man), who was serving as the University’s interim provost, becomes the first woman to be named provost in Northwest’s history and begins her new role immediately.

“Dr. Hooyman assumes leadership of academics at an exciting time in Northwest’s evolution, and her background, skills and abilities are a perfect match for where we are and where we are heading,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “With an emphasis on profession-based learning, innovation and selling the Northwest brand, we are excited to have Jamie’s collaborative style leading the way – a style that incorporates unwavering integrity, high expectations, incredible tenacity and a proactive ability to tackle tough issues.”

As the University’s chief academic officer, Hooyman will oversee learning, academic quality and student success. She will lead the development and assessment of academic programming in partnership with Jasinski, the Board of Regents, the Northwest Leadership Team, faculty, staff, and students. Through vision, creativity and vibrant leadership in alignment with the University’s strategic plan and its central focus on profession-based learning, Hooyman will ensure Northwest leads the way in student academic success.

Hooyman said she is humbled and honored to be named Northwest’s provost.

“I could not imagine a place with a stronger culture that exemplifies the true purpose of academia,” she said. “Northwest sets the bar for student learning. Caring and highly qualified faculty and staff ensure that the next generation of leaders are prepared for the challenges they will face in the future.

“I never enter into a new position of responsibility lightly. I have to believe in the vision; I need to feel that I can contribute in a meaningful manner; and I must challenge myself to be a part of something that contributes to a higher purpose. At Northwest, I hit the trifecta. I am very excited to be a small part of this amazing institution.”

Hooyman joined Northwest in July 2016 as the University’s vice provost after serving North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri, for two years as its vice president of institutional effectiveness. At North Central, she provided leadership for the college’s academic environment, including instruction, student services, grants, dual credit and outreach, business and industry, and information technology. Hooyman joined the North Central administration in 2006 and served as the college’s dean of instruction and associate dean. She also served on various state-wide educational committees and task forces while at North Central. 

Hooyman also served on the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in its Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies. She was curriculum coordinator for the recreation management and exercise/fitness management degrees. She served on the faculty senate, university curriculum committee and university assessment committee, among others.

Prior to working in higher education, she instructed and managed exercise programs at recreation and healthcare facilities.

She holds a Doctor of Education in human performance with a concentration in exercise science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma; a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in exercise physiology and fitness from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois; a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in physical education from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri; and an Associate of Arts from North Central Missouri College.

“Jamie’s background in education and exercise science is complemented with respect and support for a well-rounded and relevant educational experience, deep knowledge of accreditation and assessment, a broad range of leadership experiences, and an openness to new approaches,” Jasinski said. “Her connection to various educational and professional sectors as well as the political landscape will serve Northwest well, and she has a unique ability to listen and connect with employer needs. Above all, Jamie understands and will help enhance the student experience – having been a faculty member, advisor, curriculum developer, faculty athletics representative and leader of academic and academic support functions.”

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