Ozarks Technical Community College announced that James Ackerman will be the director of the new OTC Republic Center.
The new OTC Republic Center is scheduled to open in August 2020 to provide convenient educational opportunities for residents of Republic and rural communities west of Republic.
“I believe the OTC Republic Center will provide real change, with limitless possibilities for Republic and the westward rural communities,” Ackerman said in a statement. “I am beyond excited to serve and learn more about how I can be of service to the individuals of these communities.”
Ackerman has been part of OTC for a decade, first as a financial aid representative before becoming a full-time communications instructor. He was named director of the Speech Communication Center in March 2012.
Ackerman is also a graduate of OTC, having earned a degree through the A+ Scholarship program before transferring to Missouri State University for a bachelor’s degree in public relations. He also earned a master’s degree in communications from MSU, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Lindenwood University.