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Randy Rhine to become 11th CSC president

November 29, 2012

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Randy Rhine speaks after being introduced as the next president of Chadron State College. (Photo by Justin Haag) Randy Rhine speaks after being introduced as the next president of Chadron State College. (Photo by Justin Haag)

Nebraska State College System Chancellor Stan Carpenter announced today, Nov. 29, that the NSCS Board of Trustees will name Randy Rhine as the 11th president of Chadron State College at its Jan. 15, 2013, board meeting. Rhine serves as the Interim President, a position he has held since Janie Park’s retirement in May of this year. Park had served as president of CSC for seven years.

Rhine is a familiar face around Chadron State College. His career at CSC began in 2005 when he was brought to the college by President Park to provide leadership in increasing enrollment and designing initiatives targeting CSC’s mission of access to affordable high quality education.

The national search for Chadron’s 11th president was conducted by a committee representing various Chadron constituents, including faculty, staff, students, the community and NSCS Trustees. The two finalists for the presidency visited Chadron November 12-13 to meet with a number of college groups and individuals. They also met with the board and NSCS office staff.

“I am honored by the opportunity to serve as president of Chadron State College,” said Rhine. “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.”

Board Chair Carter “Cap” Peterson of Wayne said, “Randy is an excellent choice for president at CSC. I believe he will make Chadron an even stronger institution than it is today. The Board of Trustees was very impressed with the quality of candidates for the presidency, and congratulates the search committee on a job well done.”

When making the announcement this morning, Carpenter said, “Randy has a great understanding of Chadron State College and the Nebraska State College System. 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 CSC, Rhine served as the dean of the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning at Montana State University-Billings. He worked with university leadership to coordinate the college’s outreach efforts and provide an entrepreneurial approach for expansion in the community, region and internationally.

—Korinne Tande, Nebraska State College System

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