The Nebraska State College System announced Paul Turman, Ph.D., as the next chancellor-designate, Monday.
Turman was one of four finalists to be interviewed for the Chancellor position Sunday and Monday. The NSCS Board of Trustees had been searching for a new chancellor since late May, when Chancellor Stan Carpenter announced his retirement after 18 years of service.
“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,” Gary Bieganski, chair of the NSCS Board of Trustees, said in a NSCS news release.
According to the news release, the Board of Trustees “unanimously authorized the Chancellor Search Committee to enter into negotiations and the Chair to enter into an employment agreement with [Turman].”
Turman is currently the System Vice President for Academic Affair for the South Dakota Board of Regents. Before starting his career with the South Dakota Board of Regents, he was a professor at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
He began his secondary education career at South Dakota State University, Brookings, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received his doctorate in interpersonal communications at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
“I am confident that my experience can be influential in maintaining the spirit of cooperation among the colleges in the system, and can serve as a catalyst for expanding collaborative opportunities with community colleges and the university system in Nebraska,” Turman said in his cover letter to the board.
The role of Chancellor “serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NSCS and the Chief Administrative Officer for the Board and System Office and reports directly to the Board.” The position oversees NSCS policies and administration, specifically the college presidents, for Chadron, Wayne and Peru State Colleges.
Turman writes, “I firmly believe that I am ready for this challenge, as my administrative and educational experience have prepared me to provide stable and visionary leadership as the next Chancellor for the Nebraska State College System.”