- First female CEO and Chancellor of the Metropolitan Community College Of Kansas City
- Past president of Penn Valley Community College
- Recipient of the Mattie Rhodes “Families Helping Families” Award
Dr. Jacqueline Snyder is a two-time University of Kansas graduate (M.S. 1974, Ed.D. 1988), and she is being recognized for her “leaderships in higher education, her trail blazing career as one of the few Women Chancellors of Community College Systems, and her contributions to the Kansas City community.” Dr. Snyder currently serves as the first female CEO and Chancellor of the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City. MCC serves about 43,000 students and is comprised of five campuses. She is known for her collaborative leadership style and encourages students, staff, faculty, and administrators to participate in the decision-making process. Since becoming Chancellor in 2005, she has made her mark by helping MCC complete its 10-year accreditation and has helped implement entrepreneurial certificate and degree programs.
Prior to taking her position as Chancellor at MCC, Dr. Snyder served as the President of Penn Valley Community College and the Vice Chancellor for Economic and Resource Development. As President, Dr. Snyder established Nursing and Allied Health programs as Centers of Excellence, raised more than 1.5 billion dollars to create the Carter Center for Visual Art and Imaging Technology, and coordinated the proposal for a 6.5 million dollar grant that helped build the Francis Child Development Institute. During her time as President, she was a recipient of the Mattie Rhodes “Family Helping Families” Award. Prior to her position at Penn Valley, Dr. Snyder worked as the Vice Chancellor, Executive Director of College and Community Relations, and Assistant Dean at Johnson County Community College. As the Executive Director, Jacqueline developed the Title VII and Title IX Compliance Officer function as well as procedures to handle sexual harassment cases.
Dr. Snyder has an active civic life and her contributions to the Kansas City area are innumerable. She was named a national League Fellow by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges and is recognized as a leader in the American Association of Community Colleges. Emporia State University awarded her the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. She is a collaborative leader who has dedicated her life to increasing the quality of community colleges as well as the community of the greater Kansas City area and her success has been remarkable.