Administration and Faculty

Board of Trustees of Nebraska State Colleges

Hon. Gary Bieganski, Chadron

Hon. Matthew Blomstedt, Lincoln

Hon. John Chaney, Omaha

Hon. Robert Engles, Auburn

Hon. Carter “Cap” Peterson, Wayne

Hon. Marjean Terrell, Hay Springs

Hon. Jess Zeiss, Omaha

Hon. Paul D. Turman, Chancellor, Lincoln

Three student representatives, one from each of the state colleges, serve one-year terms on the Board of Trustees. They are recommended by each campus President and appointed by the Governor.

Officers of Administration

Dr. R. Randy Rhine, President

Dr. James H. Powell, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Tami M. Selby, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Ms. Kari J. Gaswick, Vice President for Administration and Finance

Dr. Alaric A. Williams, Dean of Curriculum and Accreditation and the School of Professional Studies and Applied Science

Dr. James A. Margetts, Dean of Essential Studies and the School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Wendy L. Waugh, Dean of Graduate Studies and the School of Business, Mathematics and Science

Mr. Jon P. Hansen, Dean of Student Affairs

Faculty

Comfort Akuh1
Assistant Professor of Business
AAS, Kalamazoo Valley Community College; BS, University of Buea; MSA, Western Michigan University; DBA, Walden University

Laura A. Bentz1
Professor of Art
BFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; MA, MFA, University of New Mexico

Charles Bishop
Instructor of Business
BS, MS, University of North Texas

Daphne Y. Bishop
Assistant Professor of Business
BA, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism; MBA, University of North Texas

Michael P. Bogner1
Professor of Justice Studies
BA, Chadron State College; MS, University of Cambridge; JD, University of South Dakota School of Law

Ronald P. Bolze1
Professor of Agriculture and Rangeland Management
BS, Pennsylvania State University; PhD, Kansas State University

Dawn D. Brammer1
Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
BSE, MSE, Chadron State College; PhD, Northcentral University

Robin Brierly1
Associate Professor of Education
BA, Buena Vista University; MAE, Viterbo University; EdD, Concordia University

Mathew L. Brust1
Professor of Biology
BS, University of Wisconsin; MS, University of Nebraska-Kearney; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ann Marie Buchmann1
Professor of Biology
BA, Saint Mary’s College; PhD, Northwestern University

Mary Jo Carnot1
Professor of Psychology
BS, Carroll College; MS, PhD, The Ohio State University

Scott B. Cavin1
Professor of Theatre
BFA, Stephens College; MFA, Illinois State University

Jung Y. Colen1
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
BA, Ewha Woman's University; MEd, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Kimberly Cox1
Associate Professor of English
BA, University of California; GC, PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Justin Curtis1
Assistant Professor of Political Science
BA, Brigham Young University; MA, PhD, University of Arizona

Trudy Denham1
Associate Professor of Art
BFA, Northwest Missouri State University; MEd, MFA, University of Missouri 

Mary P. Donahue1
Professor of Art
BFA, MFA, Utah State University

Gary Dusek1
Associate Professor of Business
BBA, MBA, Texas State University; DBA, Nova Southeastern University

Joshua Ellis1
Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
BA, MSEd, Northern State University; PhD, Walden University

Karen A. Enos1
Professor of Education
BA, California State University; MAE, EdD, University of South Dakota

Matthew Q. Evertson1
Professor of English
BA, MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; PhD, Arizona State University

Adam L. Fette
Assistant Professor of Education
BS, BSE, MEd, Chadron State College

Nicholas D. Fisher1
Assistant Professor of Business
BS, Brigham Young University; MBA, Valparaiso University; JD, Gonzaga University; LL.M, University of Florida

Shaunda French-Collins1
Professor of Communication
BA, Northwest Missouri State University; MA, University of Central Missouri; PhD, University of Southern Mississippi

Teresa Frink1
Professor of Agriculture and Wildlife Management
BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; MS, PhD, South Dakota State University

Allison Fritz1
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
BA, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga; MA, University of Wyoming; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sara Grant
Assistant Professor of Social Work
BA, Chadron State College; MS, Case Western Reserve University

Jordan D. Haas
Instructor of Mathematics
BSE, MS, Chadron State College

Brooks Hafey1
Associate Professor of Music
BM, University of Missouri-Columbia; MM, DMA, Florida State University

Jamie Hamaker1
Associate Professor of Business
BS, MBA, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Joyce M. Phillips Hardy1
Professor of Biology
BA, MAE, Chadron State College; PhD, Brigham Young University

Joanne R. Hayes
Assistant Professor of Education
BS, Northeastern University; MEd, Cambridge College; MEd, University of Texas-San Antonio

Brittany Helmbrecht1
Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
BS, Central Michigan University; MAE, University of Nebraska-Kearney; DHEd, A.T. Still University

William G. Hoffman1
Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
BSE, MSE, Chadron State College; EdD, United States Sports Academy

A.G. Hughes
Assistant Professor of Communication
BA, North Carolina State University; MA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Lorie L. Hunn1
Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
BSE, MSE, Chadron State College; EdD, University of Wyoming

Markus E. Jones1
Assistant Professor of English
BA, Appalachian State University; MFA, Eastern Kentucky University

Mary Clai Jones1
Associate Professor of English
BA, MA, Appalachian State University; PhD, University of Kentucky

Tim J. Keith1
Professor of Chemistry
BS, University of Minnesota; MS, PhD, University of North Dakota

Mary E. Keithly1
Associate Professor of Chemistry
BS, University of Missouri-St. Louis; PhD, Vanderbilt University

Michael Kennedy
Instructor of Communication
BA, California University of Pennsylvania; MA, Marshall University

Ngepu Kiawi1
Assistant Professor of Business
BS, George Mason University; MHA, Walden University; EdD, University of Houston

Jeffrey D. Kiiskila1
Assistant Professor of Biology
AA, Gogebic Community College; BS, PhD, Michigan Technological University

Pil Joon Kim1
Assistant Professor of Business
BS, MBA, Soongsil University; MS, PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology

Kurt E. Kinbacher1
Professor of History
BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; BA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; MA, University of Alabama-Birmingham; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kathleen C. Kirsch1
Professor of Communication
BA, MA, PhD, University of Wyoming

James F. Koehn1
Professor of Business
BA, MACTG, Rice University; JD, Baylor University

Elizabeth A. Kraatz1
Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences
AS, Southern State Community College; BA, The Ohio State University; MEd, Delta State University; PhD, The Ohio State University

Lisette D. Leesch1
Professor of Justice Studies
BS, University of South Dakota; JD, University of South Dakota School of Law

Michael B. Leite1
Professor of Geoscience
BA, Minot State University; MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; PhD, University of Wyoming

Kim A. Madsen1
Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
BSE, MSE, Chadron State College; EdD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Christopher McCarthy1
Assistant Professor of Business
BS, University of Florida; MA, PhD, Colorado State University

Brandon L. Miller1
Professor of English
BA, MDiv, Abilene Christian University; PhD, Texas Woman’s University

Peter Moriasi1
Assistant Professor of Education
BA, MA, New Jersey City University; PhD, University of Oklahoma

Gregory Moses1
Associate Professor of Mathematics
BA, Lycoming College; MA, PhD, Ohio University 

David Nesheim1
Associate Professor of History
BA, Black Hills State University; MA, Northern Arizona University; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tracy L. Nobiling1
Professor of Justice Studies
BA, University of Northern Iowa; MS, PhD, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Erin M. Norman1
Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
BA, Chadron State College; MS, Eastern Michigan University; PhD, Walden University

Irasema Ortega1
Associate Professor of Education
BS, MS, Florida Institute of Technology; PhD, Arizona State University

Anthony T. Perlinski1
Associate Professor of Agriculture and Rangeland Management
BS, Chadron State College; MS, North Dakota State University; PhD, University of Wyoming

Richard D. Puzzo1
Assistant Professor of Music
BM, West Virginia University; MFA, Troy State University; MM, DMA, University of Arizona 

Eric E. Rapp1
Assistant Professor of Education
BA, University of Minnesota Duluth; MA, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Caitlin J. Redden
Instructor of Business
BA, MSOM, Chadron State College

Rachelle Rider1
Assistant Professor of Biology
BS, Wayne State College; DC, Northwestern College of Chiropractic

Cassandra Ritzen1
Assistant Professor of Business
BA, MBA, Chadron State College; DBA, George Fox University

Donna R. Ritzen1
Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
BA, Adams State College; MAE, Chadron State College; PhD, Northcentral University

John C. Ritzen1
Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
BA, MSOM, Chadron State College; EdD, United States Sports Academy

Scott L. Ritzen1
Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
BA, MA, Adams State College; PhD, University of New Mexico

Catherine Rust
Instructor of Education
BSE, Chadron State College; MAE, University of Phoenix; EdD, Capella University

Grant M. Sasse1
Associate Professor of Counseling
BA, MAE, Chadron State College; PhD, University of Wyoming

Detsinh Sayaloune
Instructor of Mathematics
BS, Chadron State College; MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Joel T. Schreuder1
Professor of Music
BME, Pacific Lutheran University; MA, Washington State University; DMA, Arizona State University

Thomas Smith1
Professor of History
BA, University of Kansas; MA, University of Denver; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jonathan Spiess1
Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Rangeland Management
BS, Texas Tech University; MS, PhD, North Dakota State University

Robert V. Stack1
Professor of Mathematics
BS, MA, EdD, University of South Dakota

Michael Stephens1
Professor of Music
BM, MS, Kent State University; PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Tawny LB Tibbits1
Assistant Professor of Geoscience
BA, BS, University of Iowa; MA, University of Texas-San Antonio; PhD, University of Iowa

Thomas D. Tucker1
Professor of Humanities
BA, MA, University of West Florida; PhD, Florida State University

Michael Vogl
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
BA, MAE, Chadron State College

James C. Wada1
Professor of Justice Studies
BACJA, MACJA, Boise State University; PhD, Washington State University

Don E. Watt
Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
BSE, Chadron State College; MS, Central Missouri State University

Tara Wilson1
Associate Professor of Counseling
BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; MSE, Chadron State College; PhD, University of Wyoming

John Wojcik1
Associate Professor of Music
BME, Michigan State University; MM, University of Oklahoma; DMA, University of Kansas

Terrie L. Wood
Instructor of Business
BSE, MA, Chadron State College

Kathleen Woods1
Professor of Counseling
BA, MEd, PhD, Texas Tech University; EdD, Texas Christian University

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