Finalists Announced for NSCS Chancellor Search

LINCOLN – The Board of Trustees announced four finalists in the search for the next chancellor of the Nebraska State College System (NSCS). Chancellor Stan Carpenter is retiring after eighteen years of service with the NSCS.

The chancellor search committee has publicly identified four finalists for the NSCS chancellor position. The finalists will visit Lincoln and participate in an interview at the Board of Trustees Meeting on September 30 – October 1, 2018. The final selection of the chancellor will be made by the NSCS Board of Trustees. The four finalists are:

  • Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D.
  • John L. Kuehn, D.V.M
  • Rusty L. Monhollon, Ph.D.  
  • Paul D. Turman Ph.D.

To learn more about each of the candidates, please download the Board Meeting materials for September 30 - October 1, 2018.

“I am pleased that we have four talented finalists who will be able to build on the momentum created by Chancellor Carpenter and lead the State Colleges to a bright future,” said Gary Bieganski, Chair of the NSCS Board of Trustees. “I would like to thank the members of the search and advisory committees for their dedication to the search process.”

The NSCS Board of Trustees will meet on Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1 to interview the four finalists at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. View the meeting schedule in the board materials.

After interviewing all four finalists, the Board of Trustees will meet to consider the candidates and vote on Monday afternoon.

About the NSCS Chancellor Position
The Chancellor serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NSCS and the Chief Administrative Officer for the Board and the System Office and reports directly to the Board. The Chancellor is responsible for policy implementation and System administration by providing vision, leadership, planning, advocacy, coordination and management for the System with a commitment to quality management.  The Chancellor directly oversees the presidents of the Chadron, Peru, and Wayne State Colleges and the NSCS vice chancellors. 

About NSCS and the Board of Trustees 
Located in Lincoln Nebraska, and established in 1867, NSCS is the governing board for three state colleges; Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State. An established partner within the rural communities they serve, the colleges provide an engaging, personalized and rewarding college experience. NSCS is committed to providing a high-quality four-year education that is affordable and accessible to all students.

"I am a first-generation student, and it was a really hard decision for me to attend college or not. Then, I found Peru State College. With the scholarships and affordable living expenses here, Peru made the decision a lot less difficult."

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Carlene Riley

Peru State College