Jim Rollins named as new Northwest Technical Institute president


SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Northwest Technical Institute (NWTI) welcomes Dr. Jim Rollins as its new president.

It was announced yesterday, June 2, that Rollins is leaving his current job of Springdale Public Schools’ Superintendent.

Rollins has been with the district for more than 40 years.

“What the world is interested in is what you can do with your learning. So for me, to be able to continue to serve, for me to be a part of that very experience is really the highlight of my career,” Rollins said during a press conference.

His last day with Springdale School District is June 30.

“I want to thank the school board members, past and present that I have worked with for the privilege of serving in the Springdale School District.,” he said. “Springdale is a great place to serve and a great place for families to raise children.”

NWTI’s Board Secretary Carlos Chicas said there were many good candidates for the position, but Dr. Rollins has many local partnerships.

“We were thinking about doing a national search, but after gathering with members of the community and asking for feedback, Dr. Rollins was our choice because of everything he had done with Springdale,” Chicas said.

After running the largest school district in Arkansas, Dr. Rollins said he’s ready to help NWTI students succeed.

“Leadership is one of the great opportunities that any of us have, to serve in the community I love, and really help students from all backgrounds find success is something that I really look forward to,” Dr. Rollins said.

Dr. Rollins said the key is working not just with students but also with their families. This is what he’s tried to build the school system around.

“It’s gonna’ be great, it’s gonna’ be amazing because there is nothing better than creating those opportunities for students and Dr. Rollins is gonna’ do just that,” Chicas said.

Dr. Rollins begins his new position July 1.

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