State Tech announces new president

March 28, 2016

DrStrongThe Board of Regents announces the appointment of Shawn D. Strong, Ph.D. as the next president of State Technical College of Missouri.

Strong is presently Dean of Business Technology and Communication at Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College (BSU/NTC) in Bemidji, MN. BSU/NTC is a regional comprehensive master’s granting institution with enrollment of approximately 6,500 students.

Strong’s professional experience includes fourteen years with Missouri State University, nine years of which were as the Department Head of Technology and Construction Management. He also served in a similar capacity with the Department of Fashion and Interior Design. Before becoming a faculty member at Missouri State, Strong was a Graduate Assistant at Iowa State University. Prior to his employment in higher education, Strong worked in business and industry. He was a Maintenance Technician for Packerland Packing in Hospers, IA and a Maintenance Manager at Heritage Industries in Wayne, NE.

Strong graduated from Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon, IA in 1993 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Construction Technology. In 1996, Strong completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. Strong also graduated from Wayne State with a Masters of Business Administration in 1997. Strong has a Ph.D. in Industrial Education and Technology from Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

“I can’t say enough about the State Technical College of Missouri,” said Strong. “When I think of some of the characteristics of excellence in higher education State Tech seems to have them whether it is dedicated students, faculty and staff, a focused statewide mission, outstanding academic programming, engaged employers, or impressive facilities.”

Strong stated that he would be remiss if he didn’t thank current State Tech President Dr. Donald Claycomb whose leadership helped make State Tech what it is today. “As a result of his legacy I believe this is the most attractive position in the country,” he said.

Strong’s philosophy is that every decision should be routed in the attitude, ‘What is in the best long term interest of the student?’ In addition, he believes advocacy is the primary role of the president and is much easier when you are supporting a culture that strives for excellence.

“Higher education is changing at an unprecedented rate,” commented Strong. “I am convinced State Tech is positioned for the positive change that is necessary to not only be competitive but thrive.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started,” said Strong.

Strong becomes president of State Tech effective July 1, 2016. Strong will be joined by his wife Amy, a previous elementary special education teacher, his son Lucas, age 12, and his daughter Lexy, age 5.