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Finalists selected for state college leadership post

September 26, 2018

LINCOLN — The board of trustees of the Nebraska State College System announced Monday the names of the four finalists seeking to become the next chancellor of the system.

Chancellor Stan Carpenter is retiring after 18 years of service with the state college system, which is made up of Wayne State, Chadron State and Peru State colleges.

The finalists will visit Nebraska and participate in an interview at the board of trustees meeting set for Sunday, Sept. 30, and Monday, Oct. 1. The final selection of the chancellor will be made by the board after initial work was done by a search committee.

The four finalists are:

— Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D., who is president of Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas.

— John L. Kuehn, a doctor of veterinary medicine from Heartwell who is currently serving in the Nebraska Legislature.

— Rusty L. Monhollon, Ph.D., who is assistant commissioner with the Missouri Department of Higher Education in Columbia.

— Paul D. Turman Ph.D., who is the University of South Dakota system vice president for academic affairs.

“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, Chairman of the board of trustees. “I would like to thank the members of the search and advisory committees for their dedication to the search process.”

After interviewing all four finalists, the board of trustees will meet to consider the candidates and vote on Monday afternoon, Oct. 1.

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