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C of O names first-ever COO

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Last edited 9:25 a.m., June 19, 2020

College of the Ozarks went with a promotion to fill its newly created chief operating officer role.

Weston Wiebe takes on the job after first serving as a professor for the Point Lookout college and last year moving to vice president for vocational programs and business affairs, according to a news release. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Dr. Wiebe will assume the management of day-to-day operations of the college,” President Jerry Davis said in the release. “He is a well-educated alumnus who understands the uniqueness of the college and how it operates.”

C of O spokesperson Valorie Coleman said Wiebe's day-to-day duties include strategizing to keep "our students and campus family safe during concerns associated with COVID-19." Coleman could not be reached by deadline for follow-up questions.

C of O ranked No. 6 this year on Springfield Business Journal’s list of the area’s largest higher learning institutions. The college reported spring enrollment of 1,447 students, as well as 400 employees.

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