Gymer-Koch began her tenure with the Minnesota School of Business (MSB) network of colleges in August 2002 when sister school Globe University was located in Oakdale, Minn. While she was there, she held a variety of positions, beginning as a high school presenter. She then became the student services coordinator and finally ended as the associate dean of students. Gymer-Koch also had the opportunity to be an adjunct instructor while at Globe University; she taught Interpersonal Relations and Speech Communication classes.
Gymer-Koch took on the role of dean of students at the Minnesota School of Business-Blaine campus in January 2007 when the location opened its doors for the first time. In 2009, she accepted the campus director position at the Brooklyn Center campus.
Throughout Gymer-Koch’s time in Brooklyn Center, she brought an endless amount of energy to the staff and faculty. No event ever took place without a theme, and she ensured that candy and random knick knacks accompanied the majority of meetings. When the campus went through a remodeling phase two summers ago, Gymer-Koch tried to make it as painless and fun as possible with her “going away to summer camp” theme. Staff and faculty enjoyed “summer camp” events during the two weeks of break, which included singing songs, outdoor relay races, and cooking lunch and smores over a campfire outside. Students were also able to take advantage of her willingness to share treats as they were well aware of her open door policy to come in and grab a treat off of her desk.
In January 2011, Gymer-Koch welcomed her daughter Grace into the world and has since felt the urge to be a stay-at-home mom. The opportunity finally presented itself last week when her husband, Jason Koch, former dean of students at the MSB-Blaine campus, accepted a job as the Assistant IT Director for the Pleasant Valley School District in his hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. The move is relocating their family much closer to extended family and also allowing Gymer-Koch to stay at home with Grace.
Gymer-Koch said, “I have enjoyed working at the Brooklyn Center campus as well as [all of MSB]. BC truly does stand for ‘Best Campus’ and I will sincerely miss our students, but especially each and every staff and faculty member who have become more like friends and family than coworkers to me over the years. I will miss you all and think of you often.”
Everyone at the Brooklyn Center campus wishes Jana and Jason the best of luck as they take on their next adventure in Iowa. We will all miss you!