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Dr. Stockton to receive Board of Trustees Award

Dr. Jim Stockton, who will receive the Board of Trustees Award at Commencement 2013.Dr. Jim Stockton, who retired January 31 after more than 35 years serving North Arkansas College as an instructor, coach, director, vice president, and interim president, will receive the Board of Trustees Award Saturday during Commencement Exercises at Pioneer Pavilion.  The Board of Trustees award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the college.  Matt Miller, chair of the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees, will make the presentation. 

As Vice President for Institutional Advancement at North Arkansas College, Stockton was responsible for or supervised development, government relations, public relations and marketing, community education, special events, IT Services, Administrative Computer Services, the North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (NAPHE), and the Harrison Council for International Visitors during his career.  For more than 25 years he served as executive director of the North Arkansas College Foundation, Inc.  Active in the Council for Resource Development (CRD) and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), both affiliated councils of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in 2002 Stockton was honored by District IV of NCMPR as its Communicator of the Year.  In 2004 he received the D. Richard Petrizzo Award from NCMPR, the highest national honor given in community college marketing and public relations.  He served from 1999 to 2008 on the board of the National Council for International Visitors, including more than three years as that organization’s national board chair, and was elected again to the NCIV Board in 2011.  Last week he was honored by the North Arkansas College Foundation at the annual Evening on the Plaza Dinner as the recipient of the 2013 Ozarks Ambassador Award.  He also received the Chairman’s Award from the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce earlier this spring.

Active in the community, Dr. Stockton is a member of the Rotary Club of Harrison.  He is a former member of the Harrison City Advertising and Tourism Promotion Commission and a past member and chair of the Harrison Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board.  He also served as board president of NAPHE, a local organization created by Northark and North Arkansas Regional Medical Center to provide continuing and community health care education.  He is a past member of the Harrison Planning and Zoning Commission and the Harrison Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  In 2002 he received the Community Enhancement Award from Main Street Harrison and the Harrison Convention and Visitors Bureau for his work promoting Harrison.  Jim and his wife, Gail, a retired elementary school teacher, have three sons (all former students at North Arkansas College), three grandsons, and three granddaughters.