Joe Berry named Northark Associate Vice President

Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 01:10 PM

Joe BerryJoe Berry, the newly approved Associate Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at North Arkansas College knows working together makes communities and organizations stronger together than they could ever be alone. Berry says, “It’s great to see a public-private partnership come together to solve community issues.  Partnerships between groups like BCEDC, local business and industry, chambers, local school districts and Northark will be vital to the growth of our area.”

Northark Trustees unanimously approved the AVP hire at a special meeting held last Monday.

In August, the College and BCEDC (Boone County Economic Development Corporation) partnered together to develop the new position at Northark. The partners are combining resources to collaborate and nurture a growing pipeline of employees for local business and industry.  One of Berry’s top priorities is to conduct a feasibility study of area workforce needs to see if a Workforce Training Center would be beneficial to Boone County and surrounding areas.  He will also seek new workforce training opportunities which may leverage current offerings of the college.

He brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education to Northark.  His most recent experience has been at Dale Carnegie Mid-South where he was the Director of Higher Education Partnerships & Certified Trainer.  His background also includes serving as Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at ASU-Beebe. 

Joe is a 2015 recipient of the Dale Carnegie Training Institute Leadership Award, the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) Trio Achiever Award (2014), the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance (AASAP) Trop Achiever Award (2014), the ASU-Heber Springs Outstanding Staff Member (2012) and the Academic Excellence and Public Service Award, UALR (2005, 2006, and 2007).  He serves on numerous state-wide boards and is a popular speaker on marketing and leadership topics.

Northark President Dr. Randy Esters who served on the search committee commented “I was impressed with Mr. Berry the first time I spoke to him.  He is a dynamic person who will add a new dimension to our College.  We’re fortunate to have him join the Northark family.”

Mr. Berry’s first day on the job will be Oct. 9.

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