On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Southeast Arkansas College welcomed its new leader. President Steven Bloomberg had his first official day and looks to the future for many great things to be accomplished in 2018, according to a news release.

“I am excited to start this process and look forward to promoting a dialogue that is centered in collaboration and honest input,” Bloomberg said. “Over the next several weeks we will be engaging faculty, staff and students, as well as many different partners in the community, as we develop a foundation for continued success and growth as an institution.”

On Nov. 30, the SEARK Board of Trustees announced Bloomberg as the college’s new president.

“The board appointed Mr. Bloomberg based on his extraordinary academic background, creative leadership, and an entrepreneurial spirit focused on transforming organizations and higher education for the better,” according to the release.

Since the announcement, Bloomberg and his wife Lynette, have bought a home and moved to Pine Bluff.

“It is important for us to go ‘all in’ and dedicate ourselves to be part of the community,” Bloomberg said. “Pine Bluff is now our home and we look forward to making great friends and memories.”

Bloomberg has set in motion a 100-day plan that engages key constituencies, both internal and external, that include area high schools, elected officials, as well as business and economic development leaders from throughout the college’s six-county service region.

“We look forward to fostering a dialogue that focuses on what SEARK can do for the region and how we can be a partner in growth,” he said.

Bloomberg has committed his career to education reform, the design of high-performance organizations, and extensive research on education and skill-creation systems for prospective students requiring an opportunity to improve their current life-skills and choices, according to the release.

Bloomberg was previously the executive vice president at Oklahoma City Community College. In addition, he was the vice president for community development at Oklahoma City Community College.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne, California, a Master’s in Education from West Texas A&M University, Texas, and is currently finishing his Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the American College of Education, Indiana.