State college system selects new chancellor

October 3, 2018

LINCOLN — The Nebraska State College System soon will have its new leader.

The system’s board of trustees unanimously authorized representatives to negotiate an employment agreement with Paul Turman to serve as its new chancellor.

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 system by managing initiatives targeted at improving student preparation, progression, and completion through efforts to improve time to degree, increase affordability, and foster collaborate programs.

“The Nebraska State College System board of trustees is excited to have Dr. Turman as our chancellor-designee. We are confident that he will lead the state colleges to a bright future and keep our mission to provide a high quality, affordable education to our students as a priority,” said Gary Bieganski, board chairman.

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 and economic development in 2012; and started his current role as system vice president for academic affairs in 2014.

Turman received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in interpersonal communication; his master’s degree from South Dakota State University in communication; and his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in general studies.

The state college system chancellor serves as the chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer 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 system vice chancellors.

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