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Ozarka names outstanding staff of the year


Ozarka College in Melbourne, Ark., has selected Dylan Herekamp as recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Staff of the Year award, officials announce. He will be recognized at the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) awards and recognition ceremony in October.

Herekamp is Ozarka College’s Registrar. According to officials, he has been instrumental in leading the college’s registry services to ensure the effectiveness of academic administration from enrollment through graduation. Since 2021, they add, Herekamp has led the charge as Ozarka has made a deliberate effort to organize and promote professional development opportunities. He has also provided a formal avenue of communication with administrative council and representation at board meetings, serving as chair of the staff council committee.

Herekamp serves as cochair of the compliance review committee and is a member of the student success committee and curriculum committee. He has played “a big role” in the transition of online transcript request for the college, giving easier and quicker access to students and alumni, say officials, noting the efforts have resulted in the expansion of staff council as well as effortless secure transcript offerings across the college's four-county service area.

"Dylan’s contribution to the admissions department cannot be overstated, " said Zeda Wilkerson, vice president of student services. "He has quickly become an indispensable part of the Ozarka team, and with his efforts, combined with the efforts of our admissions department, we will continue to ensure we continue to provide quality service to our students, alumni, and communities.”