Jo Alice Blondin

Ozark Campus Chancellor

Arkansas Tech University

Ozark


Jo Alice Blondin

Alice Blondin's goal since she was 12 was to become a college professor. She enrolled at Purdue University in Indiana, intent on fulfilling her dream; instead she realized college administration was the route for her. "As an undergrad, I was so involved in student government, and I got it into my head to be a college administrator," Blondin said. "I just had the time of my life learning, and so I wanted to help other people and facilitate others trying to do the same." While earning graduate degrees from Arizona State University, Blondin, 37, began teaching part time at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College. Her affection for community colleges began there. The native of Carmel, Ind., eventually landed at Westark Community College, which became the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith in 2002. From there, she moved to Arkansas Tech's Ozark campus. Blondin serves on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Mount Magazine, the United Way of Fort Smith Area and St. Edward Mercy Medical Center. Blondin said she tries always to follow the advice of Henry James: "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."