(Columbus, Neb.) – Central Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kathy Fuchser as Columbus Campus president/division vice president, effective in January. Fuchser succeeds Dr. Matt Gotschall, who will begin the role of college president at that time.
Fuchser currently serves as dean of instruction for academic education, a position she has held since July 2014. In this capacity, she oversees college-wide academic programming and instruction, serves as the liaison between CCC and other institutions in developing transfer opportunities and agreements, oversees and supports the coordination of the library resource center across the college and serves on numerous college and external committees.
“It will be a privilege to continue serving the students, staff and faculty as president of the Columbus Campus,” said Fuchser. “Since our founding, leaders at CCC have cultivated strong partnerships with schools, businesses and organizations in Columbus and the surrounding communities. I look forward to continuing our strong tradition of collaboration.”
Fuchser served as an education professor and secondary program coordinator at Midland University from 2005-2014, which included time as an undergraduate program coordinator. In her roles, she represented the program on various state teacher education committees and councils. Additionally, Fuchser assisted in developing, marketing and launching Midland’s master of education degree in leadership in teaching and learning. She also has teaching experience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Central Community College and high schools in Nebraska and Missouri.
“Kathy has a strong passion for student and community success,” said Gotschall. “Through her positive experiences across the state and community, I am confident she will serve as an effective leader for the campus, divisions and college.”
Originally from Lebanon, Mo., Fuchser graduated with a doctorate in educational studies from UNL, a master’s degree in education from Wayne State College and a bachelor’s degree in education from William Jewell College. She and her husband, Dean, are the parents of three children. Claire is an elementary teacher for Columbus Public Schools. Carson is a member of the Nebraska National Guard and attends the University of Nebraska at Kearney, while Callan attends Scotus Central Catholic High School in Columbus.
“Kathy has excelled in her capacity as dean of instruction and established positive enduring relationships both at CCC and in the Columbus community,” said CCC president Dr. Greg Smith. “Her caring attitude and focus on student learning and welfare will serve her well in her new position. CCC is fortunate that Dr. Fuscher has accepted this new challenge.”
As campus president, Fuchser will be responsible for the overall administration of the Columbus Campus as well as overseeing the divisions of academic education, extended learning services, and training and development.