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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 of a new strategic plan, the creation of a new marketing and branding campaign, the establishment of a Precision Agriculture degree, a reorganization of Student Affairs to increase student success and completion, and secured funds for capital improvements at Clark State.

She serves on the boards of the Dayton Development Coalition, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Springfield City Schools Business Advisory Council, Opportunities for Individual Change Board, the Springfield Symphony Board, and the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) Board. She is a member of the Springfield Rotary Club.

Dr. Blondin lives in Springfield with her husband, Andy Fox, who works for ABF Freight Systems. Their daughter, Helena, is a sophomore at Ohio State University.

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