New di­rec­tor key to HSU’s goals in Hot Springs

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - JAY BELL

Hen­der­son State Univer­sity con­tin­ues to work to build upon its re­la­tion­ships with Na­tional Park Col­lege and the Gar­land County com­mu­nity, and a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Hot Springs aca­demic ini­tia­tives will spear­head those ef­forts lo­cally.

Tif­fany Rogers joined Hen­der­son Wed­nes­day in the Hot Springs Down­town Education Cen­ter as the new di­rec­tor of the HSU-Hot Springs cam­pus in the Land­mark Build­ing. Rogers is tasked with not only grow­ing the univer­sity’s lo­cal pro­grams based on com­mu­nity needs, but also fos­ter­ing re­la­tion­ships in the area.

“I will lis­ten and try to learn more, ob­vi­ously, but I am not afraid to speak up and speak about things I have ideas about,” Rogers said. “It

will be a learn­ing process, ob­vi­ously, but I am re­ally anx­ious to hit the ground run­ning.”

Rogers is a na­tive of Stuttgart and spent more than 19 years in var­i­ous roles with the Stuttgart cam­pus of Phillips Com­mu­nity Col­lege of the Univer­sity of Arkansas, most re­cently as di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment. She served in the Arkansas House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 2009 to 2012.

“I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in state govern­ment and I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in fed­eral govern­ment,” Rogers said. “I served on stu­dent coun­cil in high school.

“Even be­fore I worked at Phillips, I fol­lowed the leg­isla­tive ses­sions. I was in a govern­ment po­si­tion be­fore Phillips, also. When you know that’s where your salary comes from, you’re a lit­tle bit more in­clined, or I am, to fol­low the money, fol­low the law and the things that gov­ern us.”

HSU-Hot Springs re­ported an en­roll­ment of 169 stu­dents in its first fall se­mes­ter in 2014 be­fore it moved into the Land­mark Build­ing. En­roll­ment in­creased to 180 stu­dents in the fall 2015 se­mes­ter and reached 190 this spring.

Hen­der­son Provost Steve Ad­ki­son said Hen­der­son’s goal is to in­crease en­roll­ment to 350 stu­dents work­ing to ob­tain bach­e­lor’s and mas­ter’s de­grees on the Hot Springs cam­pus.

“We cur­rently of­fer a num­ber of grad­u­ate pro­grams at our cam­pus at the Land­mark Build­ing and we are plan­ning on ex­pand­ing those of­fer­ings led by our School of Busi­ness in or­der to meet the needs of Gar­land County busi­nesses and schools,” Ad­ki­son said.

“We’re also very ex­cited to be ex­pand­ing our pro­grams for Na­tional Park Col­lege stu­dents to com­plete their Hen­der­son bach­e­lor’s de­grees on the NPC main cam­pus in Hot Springs.”

“I think the MBA pro­gram is re­ally go­ing to kick off big this fall se­mes­ter,” Rogers said.

Rogers said she is al­ready work­ing on plans for how to grow en­roll­ment and add new pro­grams. She cited the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try and sig­nif­i­cant med­i­cal com­mu­nity.

“You kind of know that be­cause of the re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties, but when you start driv­ing around town, you see all of the fa­cil­i­ties,” Rogers said. “Not just hos­pi­tals, but then the spe­cialty ser­vices and clin­ics.

“I think that is go­ing to be a huge op­por­tu­nity for Hen­der­son also in open­ing some doors there for some al­lied health pro­grams with the cam­pus.”

Hen­der­son’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Hot Springs aca­demic ini­tia­tives works hand-in-hand with Na­tional Park Col­lege to co­or­di­nate events in the Land­mark Build­ing and tai­lor pro­grams to the needs of lo­cal stu­dents, busi­ness and in­dus­try.

“Our part­ner­ship with NPC in our South­ern Arkansas Re­gional Al­liance con­tin­ues to in­crease the like­li­hood that our stu­dents will stay in Hot Springs af­ter grad­u­a­tion,” Ad­ki­son said. “We con­tinue to re­spond to the needs of lo­cal busi­nesses and the larger com­mu­nity by of­fer­ing some­thing no other univer­sity can of­fer — the chance to earn a four-year de­gree on-site in Hot Springs.”

Rogers grad­u­ated from South­ern Leg­isla­tive Con­fer­ence Cen­ter for Ad­vance­ment of Lead­er­ship Skills in 2010, is a mem­ber of the Arkansas As­so­ci­a­tion of Women in Higher Education and served on the Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion, North Cen­tral As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges & Schools Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Team from 2001 to 2005.

Fall se­mes­ter classes will start on Aug. 22. Aug. 21 is the fi­nal day to reg­is­ter be­fore late fees ap­ply.


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