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Blondin Named "Woman of Distinction"

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Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, chancellor of Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus, will be honored later this month by the Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas for her contributions to the field of education.

Blondin will be one of four individuals recognized at the Women of Distinction 2011 gala on Jan. 27 in Fort Smith. For tickets to the event, call (479) 452-1290.

According to the Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas organization, the Women of Distinction awards are designed to "honor outstanding women for their contributions to their communities and who inspire girls to live life to the fullest and to make the world a better place."

Blondin joined the Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus administration in 2004. She was elevated to the position of chancellor in 2006.

Enrollment at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus has increased by 435 percent since Blondin joined the staff in 2004. Her leadership has allowed Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus to develop new academic programs that meet the specific needs of the area that it serves.

Blondin volunteers with the United Way of the Fort Smith Area board, the St. Edward Mercy Hospital Board of Advisors, the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas River Valley Area Council (ARVAC) and Keep Van Buren Beautiful.

"(Blondin) is an exceptional leader and an energetic, compassionate community servant," wrote Marian Conrad, vice president of communications and strategic alliances for Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, in a news release announcing Blondin's selection. "She is unwavering in her determination to further educational opportunities for the under-resourced. She donates her time and talents to many organizations and boards and she always has the best interest of her students at heart. She is a positive role model on campus and in the communities she serves."

Blondin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1993. She received a Master of Arts degree and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1998.

Blondin received the 1998 Distinguished Teaching Award at Arizona State and the 2003 Whirlpool Master Teacher Award.

In 2008, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named her to its "Forty Under Forty" list of professional leaders in the region. Blondin has also received the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Emerging Voice Alumni Award.

Click here to learn more about the Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

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