Ozarka College will be looking for a new president in the spring of 2009.
Dr. Dusty R. Johnston informed the Ozarka College Board of Trustees of his decision at the Dec. 18 meeting. Dr. Johnston, who is originally from Texas, will be going back to his home state to become president of Vernon College in Vernon, Texas, March 1.
Dr. Johnston was the chief academic officer at Rich Mountain Community College for eight and a half years and has been president of Ozarka College for the past three years.
"The three years that I have had the opportunity to lead Ozarka College have been extremely rewarding and very productive," Dr. Johnston wrote in his letter of resignation. "I firmly believe that the board members, administration, faculty and staff have worked in unison to continue to enhance the learning experience for the students we serve. I am certain that the employees of Ozarka College are committed to excellence and will continue to perform the necessary functions and tasks to continue to advance the institution. It has been a great pleasure to work with each individual."
During Dr. Johnston's tenure, Ozarka College enjoyed an increased participation of faculty and staff and additional foundation endowments of scholarships. There was also an emphasis on assessment, planning and budgeting processes. The college also added to its curriculum and course offerings and expanded on the licensed practical nursing and registered nursing programs. Ozarka College also received a new classroom and student center on the Ash Flat campus and some renovation projects. The college also grew by 22 percent in student enrollment.
According to the college, official job announcements will begin this month. The college will accept applications in February and screen the applications in March. Interviews will begin in April with a final selection in May. The start date for the next Ozarka College president will be no later than July 1.