Crowder trustees name next president

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

University of Arkansas at Hope vice-chancellor hired Friday

The Crowder College Board of Trustees met on the afternoon of Feb. 14, and after extensive discussion of all three finalists, offered the position of President of Crowder College to Jennifer Methvin, vice-chancellor for academics at the University of Arkansas at Hope.

This meeting was the culmination of weeks of reviewing the resumes, checking background information, and researching the finalists; followed by several days of interviews, meetings with staff and public forums for the three finalists recommended earlier by the presidential search committee.

Methvin has served as vice-chancellor for academics at the University of Arkansas at Hope since 2005. Previously, she was a division chair for arts and sciences, a coordinator of off-campus credit courses, and taught English at the University of Arkansas at Hope. From 1993-1999, she served as an assistant professor of English at Arkansas State University at Newport, and started her higher education career as an adjunct instructor at Arkansas State University at Beebe.

Methvin has a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and English from Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Ark.; a master's degree in Creative Writing and English from Oklahoma State University; and a Ph.D in Community College leadership from Walden University.

She has been active in many professional associations and organizations at the local, state and national level, including serving as president of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Methvin has received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, and Outstanding Faculty Award at both Arkansas State University-Newport and the University of Arkansas at Batesville. She has given many professional presentations and is a published author of several articles, short stories and poems.

The other two finalists for the position of Crowder president were Jim Cummins, vice-president of finance at Crowder College, and Brent Bates, vice president of education and student services at state fair community college.

Methvin and her husband, Roger, and sons, Luke and Matthew, look forward to becoming an integral part of the Crowder College community.

A start date will be worked out depending on her obligations to her current employer.