Senior Consultant

John Jasinski, Ph.D.


  • Culture and strategy (organizational assessment, organizational culture and transformation, change management, strategic planning and execution, organizational structure, academic planning, operational and financial effectiveness and data/information systems) 
  • Leadership (strategic thought discussions, leadership system alignment, executive team development, executive development and coaching, onboarding and shared governance) 
  • Institutional capacity (external relations and fundraising; student, stakeholder, and workforce systems; partnership development; integrated and value-added accreditation approaches; and crisis management) 


​Dr. John Jasinski served as Northwest Missouri State University’s (Northwest) 10th president for 13 years and currently serves as provost at Missouri State University (MSU). Jasinski is results-oriented through systems thinking and growth mindset approaches. Jasinski also previously served nine years as a small business owner consulting organizations on matters of organizational excellence across the education, manufacturing, service, non-profit and health care sectors; and 15 years as a faculty member and academic administrator.

While president, Northwest’s performance excellence was recognized statewide and nationally, as the institution garnered records and peer-leading metrics in enrollment, retention, graduation, placement, student satisfaction, student engagement, composite financial index and organizational efficiency – along with significant athletic accomplishments and a record setting comprehensive campaign. Northwest was one of five institutions nationally selected to join the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) pilot cohort focused on student success strategies, a grant-funded program through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

While provost, he has crafted academic affairs as MSU’s strategic enterprise, leading efforts to reallocate and invest in academics and raise the academic profile (see: How MSU Saved Millions Without Cutting Faculty or Programs (Episode 163). Among other accomplishments, he has led the reconceptualization of colleges, schools and departments; reallocated monies for academic program growth, helped craft a renewed set of inclusivity principles, directed the selection of a new learning management system and overseen a changeover to a new approach to institutional research/institutional effectiveness.

John and his wife Denise enjoy spending time with their children, grandchild, and family dog. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, Jasinski has completed 11 marathons, flown with the Blue Angels and is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. He has received awards ranging from, for example, Missouri State University’s Leadership Chair Award for leadership excellence to Northwest’s Faculty Senate Meritorious Award, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award and Fundraising Excellence Award; being named as an Icon of Education by Ingram’s Business Magazine of Kansas City; the Missouri National Guard Always Ready, Always There Award; and a Service Commendation by the U.S. Department of Commerce.


  • AASCU: Member, Postsecondary Value Commission Taskforce; leadership mentor, New President’s Academy; member, Committee on Student Success; past member, Board of Directors; past leadership mentor, Executive Leadership Academy; past member, State Council of Representatives; past member, presidential search committee; past member and chair, Professional Development Committee
  • Baldrige Performance Excellence Program: Member, Board of Overseers; past member and chair, panel of judges; personal coach, Executive Coaching Program; innumerable roles over the last three decades including completing a faculty sabbatical
  • Coordinating Board of Higher Education/Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development: Past member, Commissioner’s Advisory Group; past co-lead, statewide diversity, equity and inclusion data gathering; past member, Talent for Tomorrow Task force; past member, Coordinated Plan Steering Committee on the Blueprint for Higher Education; past member, Complete College America Alliance of States Statewide team; past member, National Governor’s Association Policy Academy Statewide Team; past member, State of Missouri Performance Funding Task Force
  • Kansas City Area Development Council: Past member, Board of Directors
  • Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association: Member, CEO Council; Chair, Risk Management Task Force; past member, Marketing Task Force and Expansion Project Team
  • Missouri Council on Public Higher Education: CEO Council member and former chair and vice chair for two separate terms
  • Foundations, Chambers and the like: Past member – Hawthorn Foundation, Heartland Foundation, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Quality Award, Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies, SSM Health St. Francis Hospital – Maryville



  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln and M.A./B.A.A., Central Michigan University