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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

July 25, 2018

College of the Ozarks recognized as one of the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For

Kiley Hutcheson, Retail Operations Manager at College of the Ozarks.Kiley Hutcheson, retail operations manager at College of the Ozarks, is an alumnus and full-time employee. The College has been recognized as a Great College to Work For, and further awarded recognition on the Honor Roll, for 2018.

Staff and student work to produce stained glass artwork for sale.Amy Leaming, student-made products manager at the Stained Glass and Candle Shop at College of the Ozarks, and junior KiLee Long produce handmade, stained glass artwork for sale. Leaming says the dedication of staff and faculty to the advancement and well-being of students is a key factor in the great work environment.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO.The Chronicle of Higher Education named College of the Ozarks one of the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For on July 16, 2018.

The eleventh year of the Chronicle Great Colleges program included responses from over 53,000 employees at 253 colleges (165 four-year and 88 two-year institutions). The survey was sent to over 121,500 faculty and staff across the country with an overall response rate of 44 percent.

The results are based on a two-part assessment process — an institutional audit that captured the demographics and workplace policies from each institution and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was employee feedback.

Results reported are in their respective categories — small, medium, and large institutions — with College of the Ozarks included among the small universities of 2,999 students or fewer.

College of the Ozarks received recognition in the following categories — Professional/Career Development; Teaching Environment; Compensation and Benefits; Facilities, Workspace and Security; Job Satisfaction; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; and Respect and Appreciation.

Hard Work U. was placed on the “Honor Roll,” a status given to the 10 institutions cited most often across all of the recognition categories.

A workplace with purpose

“College of the Ozarks is pleased to be one of the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For,” said Dr. Jerry C. Davis, president of the College. “While benefits and salary contribute to employee longevity, many employees would agree that working for an institution that makes a positive difference is rewarding. The College’s purpose/vision to ‘develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hardworking, and patriotic’ fosters a workplace where Christ, students, and employees are honored.”

Since 1906, the College’s mission has been “to provide the advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.”

Amy Leaming, 2006 C of O graduate, serves as the student-made product manager in the Stained Glass and Candle Shop at the College.

“It is such an honor to be able to work at my alma mater,” Leaming said. “This school gave me the opportunity to earn a degree in art but also taught me the true meaning of hard work. Now I get to share my passion and love for art with the students in my workstation and encourage them through their years at the College. I believe in what this College stands for, and all the staff and faculty are 100 percent committed to the students.”

Kiley Hutcheson graduated from College of the Ozarks in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and a double minor in catering/event management and art history. While a student, he worked in various workstations including The Keeter Center administration offices and the gift shop, and he now serves as retail operations manager for all of the College’s student industries.

“As an alumnus of College of the Ozarks, I am thankful daily that I am able to work for such an amazing institution,” Hutcheson said. “As I look at my employment with the College, I see the importance in the true meaning of Hard Work U. The time that I put into my workstations as a student allowed me to build a great foundation for my future.”

More about the assessment

ModernThink, LLC, an organizational development and management consulting firm based in Wilmington, Delaware, administered the assessment. A panel of higher education experts guided customization of the survey for issues unique to colleges.

Great Colleges to Work For® is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


07.25.18 – Valorie Coleman


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