Crowder administrators switch roles
May 21, 2013
Holly and Kent Farnsworth are seen at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Crowder College. The event took place on April 2, 2013, on campus in Neosho.

NEOSHO - The Board of Trustees of Crowder College has announced that Dr. Kent Farnsworth will serve as interim president of Crowder College for the 2013-2014 school year. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2013.

The retirement of Dr. Alan Marble, president for the past six years, was approved by the Crowder Board of Trustees last week. In 2004 Marble had served as interim president following the retirement and repositioning of Farnsworth.

Marble will fill a newly formed position at Missouri Southern State University as assistant to Dr. Bruce Speck, MSSU president. He will assume a role on the president's council helping to increase enrollment and funding.

Marble worked at Crowder College the past 27 years in several different roles. As president he experienced the school's tremendous growth and greatly expanded service centers, while maintaining its mission of providing quality career and technical education, associate degree transfer degrees, community service, and adult basic education.

Farnsworth is very familiar to the Crowder family, serving as president of Crowder for 19 years. In 2004 he stepped down to become the director of the Community College Leadership Program and the Center for International Community College Education and Leadership at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Farnsworth, and his wife, Holly, have relocated to Newton County following his retirement from UMSL in 2010. He has remained active in the educational community as a leadership coach for the national Achieving the Dream initiative sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, working with colleges across the country in an effort to improve student success. He also has acted as an adviser for the development of new community college systems in Southeast Asia and authored several books, including two on education leadership and reform, including Grassroots School Reform: A Community Guide to Developing Globally Competitive Students (Palgrave Macmillan).

For an article on Farnsworth's retirement go here.

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