Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) are pleased to announce Steve Bearden as the new director of human resources. Bearden succeeds Evan Jewsbury, who took a job with Missouri Southern State University. Bearden most recently served as program director for Preferred Family Healthcare in Joplin, Missouri. He served as the assistant administrator and director of human resources for Ozarks Community Hospital in Springfield, Missouri and Gravette, Arkansas. Bearden spent the last 30 years working in the fields of medical and mental health serving as a therapist, assistant administrator, program director and human resources director.
He attended Missouri Southern State University where he received his bachelor’s in science degree in psychology and Pittsburg State University where he earned his master’s degree in psychology. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. “As director of human resources, I hope to emphasize the development of individual strengths and communication skills. I have a passion to see individuals and teams of people develop to create successful organizations,” Bearden said. “My lifetime interest is in educating and developing individuals to be the best person and employee they can be. I am excited about the opportunity to serve the many employees of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and to assist in continuing to help the College achieve its purpose in our community.”
Originally from southern California, Bearden’s family moved to the Carthage, Missouri area during his freshman year in High School. He currently resides in Webb City, Missouri with his wife, Patti. They have two grown children, both married and three grandchildren. Bearden said he is an avid Royals baseball fan and sports fan in general, and his primary interests include reading, gardening and spending time with family.