Interim Chadron State College President Randy Rhine will become the 11th president of the college January 15th at the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees meeting.
NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter made the announcement. Rhine became interim president after Jane Park retired in May. Park had served as Chadron State College president for seven years.
Park brought Rhine to Chadron in 2005 to help the college increase enrollment and to design initiatives for Chadron to fulfill its mission of providing an affordable college education.
A committee of faculty, staff, students and community leaders launched a national search for a president. Two finalists met with a number of groups on campus November 12th and 13th as well as with the Board of Trustees and NSCS office staff.
“I am honored by the opportunity to serve as president of Chadron State College,” Rhine said in a written statement released by NSCS. “The faculty, staff and students are second-to-none and I look forward to working with everyone as we continue to provide excellent educational opportunities in Nebraska and the region. As we look toward the future, I will work hard to see that Chadron State continues its role of outreach and service.”
“Randy has a great understanding of Chadron State College and the Nebraska State College System,” Carpenter said in a written statement. “In his role as president, Dr. Rhine will continue his work with Chadron’s business and education leaders and those in ranching, farming and agribusiness across Nebraska and the high plains region generally. His experience with enrollment growth and retention, as well as developing partnerships with business and industry, will greatly benefit CSC and its students.”
Prior to joining Chadron, Rhine served as the Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning at Montana State University – Billings.