Northwest Missouri State University has announced leadership changes in conjunction with a realignment of its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the naming of Dr. Clarence Green as its vice president of culture.
The changes, approved by Northwest’s Board of Regents, result from the February resignation of Dr. Juanita Simmons, who had served as Northwest’s vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion since 2016. Nola Bond, the University’s vice president of strategy and operations since 2013, also departed Northwest at the end of June.
As vice president of culture, Green’s work will focus on organizational culture and articulating, infusing and reinforcing the shared beliefs, norms and values important to Northwest’s long-term success and effectiveness. Green will serve as a member of the Northwest leadership team and address the people side of the university through engagement and listening strategies, data and strategic thought leadership. He will oversee organizational prioritization and strategy development and execution.
In addition to retaining his role as chief of the University Police Department, Green will oversee Northwest’s Office of Human Resource and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
“As our vice president of culture, Clarence will provide leadership and planning expertise as he facilitates organizational change, monitors and nurtures organizational culture and provides means to ensure the measuring of organizational effectiveness,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “He will serve a key role on the Northwest leadership team and ensure leadership team members, and I have keen awareness of cultural strengths and weaknesses; addressing the university’s attraction, retention and development of talent to champion Northwest’s culture; and navigating pathways for the university to address a rapidly-changing environment as it embraces ongoing change for 2030 and beyond.”
Green, who had served as Northwest’s interim director of diversity, equity and inclusion since Simmons’ resignation, joined Northwest in 1996 and has served on numerous safety and law enforcement committees. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwest as well as several law enforcement and emergency management certifications. He recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis through Northwest’s cooperative doctorate program with the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Supporting Green are Egon Heidendal as assistant vice president of institutional research and effectiveness, and Krista Barcus is assistant vice president of human resources. Lt. Amanda Cullin and Lt. Anthony Williams also are assuming additional leadership responsibilities in the University Police Department.