"I am so pleased that James agreed to take on the important challenge to further advance Ozarka College at Mammoth Spring," said Dr. Dawe."His proven success at Ash Flat will serve students and the surrounding communities very well for many years into the future. I expect that he will help us plan and build new facilities to support the enrollment growth that we anticipate over the next several years."
Spurlock has been a part of Ozarka College since 2000 when he started working in TRiO Student Support. In 2003, he joinedMr. Jim Fenton, Ozarka College's first Development Officer, at the Ash Flat campus as his administrative assistant. At the time, the Ash Flat campus operated out of a storefront site.
Over the next two years, Spurlock was instrumental in the success of the Ash Flat campus following Fenton's battle with cancer and subsequent passing. In 2005, after serving as interim director for some time, Spurlock was appointed as Director of Off-Campus Operations at Ash Flat.
In the following years, Spurlock helped establish a facility in Ash Flat in 2005 that was approximately 16,000 square feet and then added an additional facility in 2008 that was 9,000 square feet. In order to justify the new facilities, he also worked to build sustainability of the campus, ultimately increasing enrollment over his tenure by 225 percent.
"I see great potential in the Fulton and Oregon County Areas, and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead," said Spurlock. "I am excited to continue the great work that Ozarka College has already begun at Mammoth Spring."
Ozarka College opened the Mammoth Spring campus in fall 2010 to serve students in Fulton County and Oregon County, Missouri. Over the past two years, enrollment has remained steady, and Spurlock will work to continue to grow the site and develop additional support for the campus.