JONESBORO, ARKANSAS CITY GUIDE 2018 : 29 Focusing on its mission to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives, Arkansas State University is the catalyst for progress in the Jonesboro area. Founded in 1909, A-State is the second-largest university in Arkansas. A doctoral-granting institution with more than 140 areas of study, Arkansas State’s reach includes the largest online program in the state, hosting the second medical school in Arkansas and operating a collaborative international campus. The home of the Red Wolves – a mascot unique to all of NCAA Division I – A-State’s diverse student community hails from almost every state and more than 60 nations from around the world. As the second-largest employer for Jonesboro, A-State is an economic engine producing a $342 million economic impact to the state, according to a recent study. Arkansas State’s community role is much more than the 4,000-plus jobs supported by its students, faculty and staff. Under recently appointed Chancellor Kelly Damphousse, the administration is emphasizing that high school students across the Mid-South know they have a potential home at A-State and, among the more than 14,000 students currently enrolled, that “Every Red Wolf Counts.” Educational entrepreneurship at Arkansas State brought the first college of osteopathic medicine in the state to Jonesboro. The public-private partnership led to the opening of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016. Occupying a modernized and fully renovated Wilson Hall in the heart of Arkansas State’s campus, NYITCOM at A-State adds another $60 to $75 million in economic impact to the region and becomes a major driver in the healthcare sector. A public-private partnership on a global scale led to the creation of the first U.S.-style residential campus in Querétaro, Mexico. The fall 2017 opening of Campus Querétaro marked a new chapter in A-State’s history. Labeled by the New York Times as the “other Mexico,” Querétaro is a hub for medical and aeronautical research institutes and home to operations for over 1,300 multinational corporations. A-State Querétaro not only assists the growing higher education needs in its region, but will become a study-abroad location for local students and a financial asset to the university. Already home to the four largest venues in the region, including the First National Bank Arena, Arkansas State will partner to create the Red Wolf Convention Center. Construction near FNB Arena and Centennial Bank Stadium is anticipated to begin in early 2018, and will enhance A-State’s DOCTORATE LEVEL INSTITUTION WITH MORE THAN 150 ACADEMIC MAJORS. OUR MISSION: EDUCATION. ENHANCE. ENRICH. EVERY RED WOLF COUNTS.