Wayne State College will inaugurate its 12th president today.
Curt Frye is no stranger to the institution as he’s previously served as dean of students, vice president and interim president, the title he has held the past year.
Frye was asked if he ever thought he would be sitting in the president’s seat after retiring from the institution two years ago.
“No, that was the furthest thing from my mind,” he says. “I had no idea until the chancellor called me and asked me if I would fill in, as the interim, that I would actually come back to the college but I was happy to do it.”
Frye says Wayne State plays an important role in Nebraska’s higher education system.
“Our mission is one of a quality education, educational excellence, students’ success and regional development,” Frye says, noting, one in every ten Nebraska teachers has a degree from Wayne State College.
He says one area he’s pleased to see in higher education is collaboration — including the partnership Wayne State has with Northeast Community College. Frye says it makes sense since Wayne State’s largest number of transfer students come from Northeast.
The inauguration ceremony will be at 3 PM in Ramsey Theatre in the Peterson Fine Arts Building. It coincides with this weekend’s Homecoming activities on campus.
Prior to coming to Wayne State, Frye was a teacher and coach at Cody-Kilgore — and a guidance counselor in Neligh and Wayne. He succeeds Richard Collings, who stepped down in 2009.
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