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Adrian Douglas Named New President Of Cloud County Community College

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The Cloud County Community College Board of Trustees extended an offer to Dr. Adrian Douglas to become the institution’s eighth president. The board voted to hire Douglas at Tuesday night’s meeting, and she will begin work on May 9, 2018.

“I am honored and excited to serve the Board, faculty, staff, students, and the community of Cloud County Community College,” Douglas said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues as we advance Cloud’s mission to ‘prepare students to lead successful lives and enhance the vitality of our communities.”

Douglas has served as the vice president of business services at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. She manages the college’s $46 million budget, and is also responsible for the business office, information technology, and auxiliary services at the college.

She has more than 20 years experience in accounting and education, which includes service in the three major sectors of community colleges. She was also a full-time faculty member where she taught business courses, worked in various roles in student services, and currently operates Eastfield’s business services.

Douglas holds a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau University, and a bachelor’s degree in business (accounting) from Southern University.

“The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce our next president will be Dr. Douglas. She has an extensive background in finance, and will make a great addition to the team in leading Cloud County Community College forward into the future,” said Greg Askren, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Douglas will replace Mark Smith, who had been on the job since Feb. 1. He resigned in March due to unforeseen personal family and medical concerns. His last day at Cloud will be April 13.

The Board appointed current vice president for academic affairs Nancy Zenger-Beneda the interim president from April 14 – May 8.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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