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MSU appoints interim provost

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A college president in the northwest part of the state is taking on the interim provost position at Missouri State University.

John Jasinski, who has led Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville for 13 years, is scheduled to start July 1 at MSU, according to a news release. He's been appointed for one year, though the flexibility exists to extend his contract for another year if needed.

"John will work with me and Zora Mulligan, our new executive vice president. We’ll get feedback from the campus community to restructure our academic and business units and operations," MSU President Clif Smart said in the release. "This will enable us to redesign the university in a way that best meets modern post-secondary needs.”

As interim provost, Jasinski will oversee all academic deans, manage the university's academic program review and approval, accreditations and faculty affairs, and lead an effort to reduce expenses in academic affairs.

Smart said via email that Jasinski would be compensated to the tune of $200,000 for the one-year appointment.

Mulligan had been in the running for the provost position, but following faculty concerns over her having not worked as a professor before, she was named to the new role of executive vice president. She starts July 5 in the No. 2 role after Smart. Mulligan has led the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development since 2016.

Current Provost Frank Einhellig previously announced plans to retire this summer. Mulligan was among three finalists for the role in April, along with Meera Komarraju of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Magesh Rajan of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, according to past reporting.

To the interim provost role at MSU, Jasinski additionally will bring career experience as chief academic officer, associate provost, department chair and faculty member at Northwest, according to the release. Among his successes at Northwest, he's credited with helping to set multiple enrollment records, gaining high student satisfaction rates and avoiding layoffs, furloughs or reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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