ANC names Mississippi County native as new president

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Northeastern College Board of Trustees announced Dr. James Shemwell as the new president of ANC.

Statement from Arkansas Northeastern College:

Arkansas Northeastern College has named Dr. James "Jim" Shemwell as the new president for the institution. This announcement comes less than six months after the departure of previous president Dr. Robin Myers who left ANC to take over as Chancellor for Arkansas State University Mountain Home in August.

Shemwell, who has been with Arkansas Northeastern College since 1994, began his career at the College as the Director of Training and Coordinator of the Osceola Center.  With education and experience in banking and finance he moved up the ranks at the College to the Dean for Technical Programs & Training in 1999 then to Vice President for Finance in 2010, where he served until his promotion to president.

Dr. Jim Shemwell is a college success story. Having left Blytheville High School after his eleventh grade year to attend Arkansas Northeastern College (then Mississippi County Community College), he went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and was named their "Top Graduate" by Arkansas Business. He later earned a master's degree in finance from Texas Tech University and a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix.  From 1988 to1994, he served as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer at SouthBank, headquartered in Corinth, Mississippi.

"Dr. Shemwell is a product of the very institution he now leads—what a wonderful testimony. He is a loyal citizen of Mississippi County and we are very happy to have his vision and leadership as we plan to move Arkansas Northeastern College forward," said Clif Chitwood, Chairman of the ANC Board of Trustees.

Dr. Shemwell added, "Arkansas Northeastern College has a rich history of successes and benchmark achievements, but our best years are ahead of us.  With great humility and tremendous enthusiasm I look forward to working alongside our College's outstanding faculty and staff."

Shemwell and his wife Bridget reside in Osceola.

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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Northeastern College has narrowed its search for the school's next president to two finalists.

The Blytheville Courier News reports that a presidential search committee has named Dale Doty and James Shemwell as finalists for the position.

Doty is vice president for academic affairs at Florence-Darling Technical College in Florence, S.C. Shemwell is currently vice president for finance at Arkansas Northeastern College.

The job came open when former president Robin Myers was named chancellor of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home earlier this year.

Arkansas Northeastern College is a nonresidential 2-year school with campuses in Blytheville, Burdette, Leachville, Osceola and Paragould.

Information from: Blytheville Courier News,

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