Crowder College Announces Next President

A message from Andy Wood, President of the Board of Trustees

(Neosho, MO) — The Crowder College Board of Trustees has asked Dr. Katricia Pierson to assume the position of President of Crowder College. She is expected to transition into the office of President beginning January 13, 2022. Dr. Coltharp will continue in an advisory role to Dr. Pierson until his retirement effective June 30, 2022. We welcome Dr. Pierson’s leadership as we enter the next chapter of Crowder College’s history.

Katricia Pierson, Ph.D., is President of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She previously served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Dr. Pierson earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

The Crowder College Search Committee chose four fabulous candidates as finalists to be the next President of Crowder College. All four were highly qualified and dedicated individuals. After meeting the candidates, reviewing the extensive feedback from Crowder stakeholders, and much discussion among board members, Dr. Katricia Pierson quickly rose to the top. Dr. Pierson has the experience, proven leadership skills, compassion, and commitment to servant-leadership which will make her a great President of Crowder College for the next several years.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to the entire College community for your participation at the recent presidential forums. Everyone’s input was reviewed and greatly valued by the Board,” says Andy Wood, President of the Board of Trustees. “The collaborative and concerted work truly enriched the search process. I would also like to express my appreciation to the Presidential Search Committee for their time, dedication, and thoughtful work on behalf of Crowder College.”

If you have any questions, please reach out to Bill Holda, Ed.D., ACCT Search Consultant, at or 903.987.3332.


Bill Holda, Ed.D.
ACCT Search Consultant

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