Turman Next Nebraska State College System Chancellor

Paul D. Turman, Ph.D.

LINCOLN – The Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees Chair, Gary Bieganski completed the negotiation process and entered a contract with Paul D. Turman, Ph.D. to be the next Chancellor of the Nebraska State College System.

“I am very pleased that the Board of Trustees have placed their faith in my ability to guide the Nebraska State College System in the years to come.  This January I look forward to working with the Board, college presidents, and the staff to continue the great work that is underway to provide postsecondary opportunities that can drive the workforce needs for Nebraska,” said Chancellor-Designate Paul D. Turman, Ph.D.  “Additionally, I'm excited about working with leadership across the many education sectors to maintain and further expand the partnerships needed to meet the evolving educational attainment needs for the state.”

“Our goal was to find the next leader of the State College System who could build upon the strong foundation Chancellor Carpenter put in place,” said Gary Bieganski, Chair of the NSCS Board of Trustees. “Dr. Turman is that leader and I have great confidence in his leadership qualities and commitment to the State Colleges’ continued success.”

On October 1, 2018, the Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Turman to be the next Chancellor of the Nebraska State College System (NSCS). Turman will succeed Chancellor Stan Carpenter, who announced his plans to retire last May. Carpenter’s last day will be January 2, 2019. Dr. Turman will begin his role as NSCS Chancellor on January 2, 2019, and his annual salary will be $270,000.

About Chancellor Paul Turman

Turman is the System Vice President for Academic Affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents. He provides leadership for the academic and research functions of the South Dakota Regental system by managing system initiatives targeted at improving student preparation, progression, and completion through efforts to improve time to degree, increase affordability, and foster collaborate programs. Dr. Turman leads six areas in the Regental system including Research and Economic Development, Institutional Research, State Scholarship Programs, New Program Approval, the Regental Library Consortium, and Instructional Technology.

As System Vice President for Research & Economic Development, Dr. Turman provided his leadership to advance the grant, research, and scholarly goals in the Regental system by working with state government leadership, including the Governor, Executive Branch Agencies, and legislators, in making university research efforts effective for South Dakota.

Turman has been part of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2006. He began as the Director of Academic Assessment; then became the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2008; became the System Vice President for Research & Economic Development in 2012; and started his current role as System Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2014.

Turman received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Interpersonal Communication; his M.A. from South Dakota State University in Communication; and his B.S. from South Dakota State University in General Studies/Art Minor. 

Contact for Media:
Judi Yorges, Director of External Relations and Communications
402.471.2505  |   jyorges@nscs.edu

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