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Highland CC Will Celebrate The Inauguration of Deborah Fox

HIGHLAND, KS – On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Highland Community College will celebrate the Inauguration of Deborah Fox as 44th President of the Institution. The ceremony will be held on the Highland Campus in Culbertson Auditorium at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Walter Yost Gallery. President Fox will be installed by HCC Board of Trustee Chair, Thomas Smith.

In addition to the installation and remarks from Smith, Harry Moeller, President of the HCC Faculty Association and Instructor of Biology will speak, and the HCC Lads & Lassies vocal group will perform. The event is open to the community.

Fox took the role on July 1, 2019, after a nationwide search was completed in the spring. A native of Kansas, Fox most recently served as Director of Business Operations & Management for USD #446, Independence, Kansas School District. Previously, she served Highland Community College as the Vice President of Finance & Operations for 14 years and as an Assistant Dean of Regional Instruction for 3 years. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education from Fort Hays State University and an MBA in General Administration from Pittsburg State University.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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