Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson 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 including serving as interim director for that program. She completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Higher and Adult Education at the University of Missouri. She became President of NorthWest Arkansas Community College on July 1, 2013 after serving 17 years as President of Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. She was chosen as the institution’s third President.
Dr. Jorgenson has earned many honors and awards in the course of her career. 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. She served as the Chairperson of the statewide Committee on Transfer and Articulation and in 2009 was appointed by Missouri Governor J. Nixon to serve as a commissioner for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Throughout her career, Dr. Jorgenson has been passionate about the contributions of community colleges.