Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in Review: Besendorfer quits

(From November 27, 2013)
Joplin R-8 Assistant Superintendent Angie Besendorfer is leaving the district after this semester.

Besendorfer, who has been in the district for seven years, announced her resignation today to become the chancellor of Western Governors University Missouri, an online school.

The following news release was issued by the Joplin R-8 School District.

Joplin Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Angie Besendorfer announced today her plans to resign from Joplin Schools and accept a position as Chancellor of WGU Missouri in January 2014.
“A decision like this is really difficult,” said Dr. Besendorfer. “I love the direction Joplin Schools is going, and it's hard to choose to leave, especially at such a transitional time for the district, but WGU Missouri is also an innovative education institution and offered me an exciting opportunity that I just couldn't refuse.”
Dr. Besendorfer has worked for Joplin Schools as assistant superintendent since 2007. During her tenure, she led important initiatives related to teaching and learning that have impacted education in Joplin Schools at all grade levels. She has also played a primary role in the recovery process after the May 22, 2011 tornado. After the disaster, she spearheaded the design process for both temporary and permanent facilities, and she was instrumental in the implementation of the one-to-one laptop initiative at Joplin High School.
“Dr. Besendorfer has a passion and vision for education that goes beyond the traditional classroom setting,” said Joplin Schools Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff. “Her collaborative work with staff, parents, and the community has helped to develop a collective vision which has laid the groundwork for Joplin Schools' efforts to provide a 21st century education in our community. We hate to see Angie leave the Joplin Schools’ family, but we are excited for her and the role she will continue to play in Missouri education.”
“We’re delighted to have someone of Angie’s caliber and commitment to education join us as Chancellor of WGU Missouri,” said Western Governors University President Dr. Robert W. Mendenhall. “Providing high quality, affordable degree programs for teachers and administrators is a significant part of what we do, and Angie’s background and experience in K-12 education will be key to helping us grow and develop our teacher education programs in Missouri.”
WGU Missouri is a nonprofit, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. Established by the state of Missouri through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri offers more than 50 accredited, competency-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Make no mistake, they had to get her out of Joplin. The truth is, this woman is dumber than a box of rocks and they are all scared to death that she will not be able to keep her story straight.

Anonymous said...

She's not dumb, but she is sneaky, backstabbing, and conniving. The dumb ones are the ones who bought what she was selling.

Anonymous said...

This will always be my favorite post. The headline is the best part.

Anonymous said...

I still want to know why Nixon gave her this job when she has no experience in managing a college. There were far better and more experienced candidates for the job who didn't get it. Was it a payoff? Extortion? Foolishness? If I was one of the better candidates, I'd be hiring a lawyer to look into it. If I was a Republican politician, I'd be darn sure checking this out. Something is just not right with this, but I am sure glad to see her get out of my town.

Anonymous said...

Sure enough, this is the best news of 2013! The new year has some promise now.

Anonymous said...

First of all, this ain't a college. It is an on-line diploma mill and that degree is not worth the paper it is printed on.

Anonymous said...

6:-33--
Do they print diplomas in a cyberspace school? Paper and ink are so 20th Century.

You are right. The online schools are jokes. Anyone can take the classes. That ought to make some dandy teachers and nurses. I hope I never run into any of them.