Dr. Randy Rhine was a familiar face at Chadron State College when he became the institution’s interim president in May of 2012. The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees appointed him to be CSC’s 11th president Jan. 15, 2013 and Chancellor Stan Carpenter invested him on April 26, 2013 as president.
Rhine’s career at CSC began in 2005 when he was hired to provide leadership in reversing the institution’s enrollment decline and design initiatives targeting CSC’s mission of access and affordable quality education. The enrollment has grown from 2,600 in 2005 to more than 3,000 in the fall of 2012.
His first position at CSC, assistant to the president, lasted from December 2005 to May 2006, when he assumed a larger role for the institution. That’s when he became CSC’s vice president for enrollment management and student services. Prior to becoming interim president, his unit had grown to include a wide range of student services operations, including the CSC college relations department.
Dr. Janie Park, the former CSC president who retired in May, was familiar with Rhine’s skills when she hired him. He was dean of the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning at Montana State University at Billings, working under Park’s supervision, for nine years prior to coming to CSC.
Rhine earned all three of his degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a member of that institution’s Division of Continuing Education for 12 years, serving approximately four years each as director of conferences, assistant dean and associate dean.
He and his wife, Ann, reside in Chadron. They have two adult children.