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Jo Alice Blondin | President, Clark State Community College

Current Position and Past Experience
Jo Alice Blondin, Ph.D., became the fifth president of Clark State Community College on July 1, 2013. Prior to Clark State, Dr. Blondin served as Chancellor of Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus and Professor of English for seven years, as well as Chief Academic Officer and Chief Student Officer. Prior to these administrative roles, Dr. Blondin served as Department Chair/Lead Faculty of English, Communication, and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of English at University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Blondin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish from Purdue University. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in 18th Century British Literature from Arizona State University. Awards and Honors: 2019 National Council for Workforce Education, Non-Credit Exemplary Program Award 2018 American Association of Community Colleges, Best CEO/Board Relations 2016 Girl Scouts of Western Ohio “Women of Distinction” Award for Community Responsibility 2015 Nomination, “Emerging Leader” Award, American Association of Community Colleges 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Top 50 Most Influential Women, Dayton Business Journal 2013 Leadership in Education Award, Leadership Fort Smith, AR 2011 Girl Scouts—Diamonds of AR, OK, and TX “Woman of Distinction” Award 2008 Purdue University College of Liberal Arts “Emerging Voice” Award for Young Alumni 2008 Arkansas Business Journal “40 Under 40” List of Young Professionals in Arkansas 2003 Whirlpool Master Teacher Award, UA Fort Smith 1998-9 ASU College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award for Faculty Associates

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Board Service and Community Involvement: National Council for Workforce Education Higher Learning Commission American Association of Community Colleges Association of Community College Trustees Advisory Committee Dayton Development Coalition Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce United Way of Greater Dayton Area Blondin also enjoys reading, cooking, walking, hiking, bike riding, watching college football and basketball, and genealogy research outside of work.

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Jo Alice Blondin | President, Clark State Community College