One of the top four administrative officers of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is among a trio of finalists for the position of president of a Neosho, Mo., community college.

One of the top four administrative officers of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is among a trio of finalists for the position of president of a Neosho, Mo., community college. Dr. Jennifer Methvin was named with two other finalists by the Crowder College Presidential Search Committee in a December 24 announcement by the college. The selection of the top three for the position came after consideration of seven semi-finalists and a review of candidates by the committee, which includes a cross-section of college faculty and staff, board members, and community representatives, the announcement stated. “I am honored to be a finalist in Crowder College's search for their next president,” Methvin said in an e-mail to the Hope Star when contacted about the announcement. “Crowder is a much respected community college with a rich history of dedication to student success and community development. This is a humbling opportunity for me and my family.” Methvin earned her PhD in Community College Leadership from Walden University in 2012, and she holds a master's degree in creative writing and English from Oklahoma State University, and a bachelor of fine arts from Arkansas Tech University. She began her academic career in the English department of OSU as a graduate assistant prior to becoming an adjunct English instructor at Arkansas State University-Beebe, the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 1993, she became an assistant professor of English at ASU-Newport, prior to joining the English faculty at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, where she ultimately became division chair of Arts and Sciences prior to being named UACCH Vice Chancellor for Academics in 2005. Methvin is widely active in community and professional affairs, most recently serving as secretary of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium, member Peer Reviewer of he National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships Accreditation Commission, co-chair of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges Student Success Advisory Committee, director and second vice president of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council and chair of its Arts in Education Committee, fundraising chair for the Hope Music Parents Association, a past president of the Hope Kiwanis Club, an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Hope, adult leader of Hope Boy Scout Troop 5, and member of the Hope Public School District Stakeholders Advisory Group. The three finalists are expected to be interviewed during a campus visit in February, along with tours of the community and open forum meetings with the public in a schedule to be announced later, according to the Crowder announcement. The finalists were among 30 initial applicants for the position, and a selection is expected to be announced by April to provide for a starting date of July 1, according to the announcement. The remaining two finalists include Dr. Brent Bates, of Sedalia, Mo., vice president of education and student support services at State Fair Community College, and Dr. Jim Cummins, of Neosho, vice president of finance at Crowder College. Bates holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Community College Curriculum, from Kansas State University, with 26 years experience in Missouri and Kansas community colleges. Cummins received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, and was previously a public schools superintendent. Crowder College is a two-year state community college with an enrollment of some 5,800 students, offering associates degrees in the arts, sciences, applied sciences and numerous professional certifications.