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Interim Commissioner of Higher Education visits Ozarks Technical Community College

Missouri’s Interim Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. David Russell, visited the Springfield campus of Ozarks Technical Community College on Tuesday, November 9.  Dr. Russell toured the College’s facilities and met with various members of the administration to discuss the role of community colleges in Missouri’s Higher Education system.

“We were pleased to have this opportunity to meet with Dr. Russell and share OTC’s purpose and vision with him,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, president of the College.  “His visit demonstrates that he understands the importance of community colleges in our state, and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

Prior to his position with the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Russell served as senior associate vice president and chief of staff for the University of Missouri System, where he was liaison between the university and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and its administrative arm, the MDHE.  He has served as interim commissioner of higher education since July of 2010.


Mark Miller

College Director of Communication

Phone: 417.447.2655


Laura French

Coordinator of Public Information

Phone: 417.447.2659


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