College of the Ouachitas Announces New President

MALVERN, AR—In a Special Called Meeting Thursday, March 31, College of the Ouachitas Board of Trustees announced Dr. Steve Rook as the College’s new president.
Dr. Rook will assume the office of President on June 1, 2016.  He succeeds Interim President Dr. Barry Ballard who has served in the position since January 2016.
College of the Ouachitas Board of Trustees selected Dr. Rook after a nationwide search.  Rook was one of four candidates recommended to the Board for the position by a 11-member presidential search committee, which consisted of faculty, staff, student, and community representatives. The Board selected two finalists who were invited to the school for campus and community tours, meetings with faculty and staff members and students, and open forum receptions. 
Mrs. Diana Reggans, chairman of the Board, said, “Dr. Steve Rook is the ideal person to lead College of the Ouachitas and is qualified with excellent credentials for the position.  Rook’s experience in two-year college administrative posts lends him the needed skills to provide executive leadership for the continued growth and development of the College.”
Dr. Rook is the current Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas.  He also served as Interim President of Rich Mountain from May 2011 – September 2011.
Rook received his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, his Master of Science in Education, Guidance and Counseling/Student Personnel from Eastern Illinois University, and his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from University of Arkansas at Monticello.
“I am extremely honored to be offered the position of President at College of the Ouachitas,” says Dr. Rook.  “It’s only once in a lifetime that a dream like this comes true.  I promise to work my hardest for the institution, the Board, and the community.”
Dr. Rook, his wife, Connie, and their 16-year old son, Grayson, look forward to settling down in Malvern and becoming active members of the community.  They have two older sons, aged 23 and 27.