Rick Massengale named Northark vice president for academic and student affairs

Mon Jun 17, 2019 at 02:07 PM

Dr. Rick MassengaleDr. Rick Massengale, an Arkansas Tech University associate vice president for sponsored programs and university initiatives has been named as North Arkansas College’s new vice president for academic & student affairs.  He brings to the role a variety of experiences as a professor, institutional research official, grant administrator, advisory committee member, department chair, business owner, actor, and school board president.

Massengale will serve as Northark’s chief academic officer and brings what he calls an “innovative and forward-thinking” leadership style to the job. 

“Rick brings a lot of fresh ideas and experience to the College,” said Northark President Dr. Randy Esters.  “He will complement the work that has already been done and lead us to innovative solutions for a changing educational landscape.”

Dr. Massengale holds a Ph.D. in applied computing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master of business administration from Webster University, and a bachelor of science degree in computer and information science from Arkansas Tech University.

Massengale is excited about the opportunity to join the Northark team.  “My grandparents were from this area and my dad was born at Alpena,” he says.  “Spending much time in this area growing up, I have always had a special place in my heart for Harrison and the surrounding communities.  Over the years, I have had the opportunity for many interactions with the administration, faculty and staff of Northark and developed a desire that if there ever existed an opportunity to be a part of the educational process in this area, I would go for it.  I find the people here to be genuine, solid folks who still look you in the eye and shake your hand with sincere respect, and where their word is their bond.  That is what I am all about and why I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”                                                                                                   

Massengale will start on July 1, 2019.

“I get really excited and energized when I think about the opportunities this area has,” he said. “Community, industrial and family support is strong here and the opportunity exists for this part of the state to do something really special. I want to be a part of that effort and movement.”

Dr. Massengale’s hobbies include baseball, softball, basketball, traveling, fishing, education, and helping youth programs.  His wife, Johanna Stokes Massengale holds a bachelor degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in information technology both from ATU.  They have 7 children: Belinda, Angie, Ricky Jr., Johnathon and Christopher, all with families of their own and then Spencer who is a junior majoring in cybersecurity at ATU Russellville and Blake who will be a freshman, playing football and preparing for a physical therapy career, at Hendrix College in Conway.  They are blessed with 9 grandchildren.

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