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, Chief Student Officer, Department Chair of English, Communication, and Social Sciences and Instructor of English. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University; Master of Arts in English from Arizona State University; and Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University majoring in English with a minor in Spanish.
Dr. Blondin focuses all of her efforts on realizing the mission of the institutions she has served, and is known for both her student-centered approach and her emphasis on regional economic development. Since coming to Clark State, Dr. Blondin has led the development and implementation of a new strategic plan, the creation of a new marketing/branding campaign, the establishment of Precision Agriculture and Food Science degrees, a reorganization of student services to increase student success and completion, secured funds for capital improvements, and received a Department of Labor Workforce grant totaling $2.5 million.
She serves on the boards of the Dayton Development Coalition, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Community Mercy Hospital Foundation, Opportunities for Individual Change, the Springfield Symphony, and the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE). She is a member of the Springfield Rotary Club and serves as Vice Chair of the Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE).
Dr. Blondin lives in Springfield with her husband, Andy Fox, who works for ABF Freight Systems. Their daughter, Helena, is a junior at the Ohio State University studying biology and animal science.